Makar Sankranti is being celebrated across the country with much pomp and fanfare.
With social festivities such as melas (fairs), kite flying, bonfires and feasts bringing the people together, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with pomp across the country.The Hindu festival that sees devotees praying to Sun God Surya is observed in January every year.
This festival of Pongal is one of the most ancient and oldest festivals which is now also celebrated with full joy and enthusiasm.
India known for its traditions, festivals and culture, is indeed a land of diversity. It officially marks the beginning of spring or the onset of Indian summer and the days become longer, and nights shorter.
The festival is known as Magh Bihu and Pongal in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively.
Actress Hema Malini shared multiple pictures of the different festivals and wrote, "Festive season coming up!" Facebook friend CV Prakash informs that in his school in Vishakhapattanam, the festival was celebrated with great ferour. Keeping with the traditions, people in different parts of the country are celebrating Makar Sankranti by taking holy dip in rivers, flying kites and preparing candies made of jaggery and sesame seeds.
The time thus signifies a period of socializing and families enjoying each other's company, taking care of the cattle, and celebrating around bonfires.
'Associated with harvest, these festivals are a moment to celebrate the hard work and enterprise of millions of our farmers.
Makar Sankranti is the biggest festival which is dedicated to Sun in India.
Pongal, which is celebrated in many countries by the Tamils, marks the auspicious start of Sun's six-month long northwards journey or Uttarayana.