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Makar Sankranti is the harvest festival celebrated in a various parts of India. This festival celebrated every 14th January every year. This is considered that most auspicious day when sun begins its northward journey and enters the sign of zodiac of maker(tropic of Capricorn) from the tropic of cancer infect from dakshinayana to uttarayana.
Makar Sankranti
In this season farmers bring home their harvest. Makar Snkranti festival celebrated with great enthusiasm. Early morning many people take holy dip in the river and worship to rising sun(sunrise). it is said that there is much importance to take dip in the holy river then give much donation. It is said that also we should have donate of rice, corn and clothes to the poor and needy people on this auspicious day. On this day women prepare their home a special dish called till papdi or laddoos made of sesame seed with sugar and it is so delicious sweetmeat. On this day there is a tradition of kite flying. Many people much like to fly kite on roof and open ground with great zeal. They take much entertainment on this day of maker sankranti In Rajasthan specially in Mewar there is a tradition to make a dish of Kheech.

It contains wheat and milk. Mewari People specially like eat this dish on this day and It is really delicious. Many of people offer sesame seeds to Brahmans because it is said that this donation makes people well-to-do. In north India there is much importance of bath and take dip in holy river like Ganaga, Yamuna and prayag. Thousands of holy people(sadhu) take a dip with great devotion in the early morning and worship to sunrise. They offer pooja and many oblation to the god. Many people specially goes to temple of lord shiva in the evening and lighting lamps of sesame oil in a temple of Lord Shiva.

Makar Sankranti is the one of most auspicious day for the Hindu people. Makar Sankranti festival is celebrated only in India and it is celebrated all over the India every year. Makar Sankranti festival can be celebrated on 14th January every year. the day of makar sankranti comes after one month of Mal mass. The people can make decoration of their houses and temples on this day and Peoples celebrate this festival with a great joy and happiness. On this festival people worshiped and they pray to god.

There are special prayers for the day. Many devotes goes to different temples and get blessings. Several people goes to the holi rivers like ganga, yamuna etc. then they takes bath there and get some dip in the holy water of that river. devotes pray to Lord Sun. The young boys and girls, the old ones and the children…every one get very happy on this day. It is a festival of joy and happiness. at noon some people can also fly kites and some plays games with ball like cricket, sitoliya etc.

Regional Celebrations On Makar Sankranti
The festival of Makar Sankranti is highly regarded by the Hindus from North to down South. The day is known by various names and a variety of traditions are witnessed as one explores the festival in different states.

In Uttar Pradesh, Sankrant is called 'Khichiri'. Taking a dip at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Sangam, Allahabad is considered auspicious on the day.

In Punjab, the eve of Makar Sankranti is celebrated as 'Lohri' in which bonfires are lit and people make merry. The following day, which is Sankrant is celebrated as 'Maghi'. The Punjabi's dance their famous Bhangra dance till they get exhausted.

In Bundelkhand and Madhya Pradesh the festival is known as 'Sukarat' or 'Sakarat' and is celebrated with great pomp merriment accompanied by lot of sweets. While in Bengal, a big fair is held at Ganga Sagar where the river Ganga enters the sea. In Gujarat, there is a custom of giving gifts to relatives. The Gujarati Pundits on this auspicious day grant scholarships to students for higher studies in astrology and philosophy. Kite flying is also associated with this festival in a big way and has become an internationally well-known event.

In Maharashtra, there is a custom to exchange a sweet preparation called 'til-polis' as a token of love. Besides, married women are invited for a get-together called, 'Haldi-Kumkoo' and given gifts of any utensil, purchased by the woman of the house. Down South, Sankranti festival is known by the name of 'Pongal'.

The festival gets its name from the surging of rice boiled in a pot of milk. It is very popular particularly amongst farmers. On this day, people worship the Sun. It is also a big event for the Tamils and the people of Andhra Pradesh. The Telugus call makar sankranti as 'Pedda Panduga', meaning, 'big festival'. The event is celebrated for four days. The first day is called 'Bhogi', the second day, 'Sankranti', the third day, 'Kanuma' and the fourth day, 'Mukkanuma'.

Makar Sankranti Kites
Makar Sankranti Kites Makar Sankranti is the day of fun with flying kites. makar sankranti festival is celebrated as the Kite Flying Day of India. People celebrates this festival with colorful kite flying. we can watch the colourful sky on the day of makar sankranti because of many peoples enjoys this day with different small and big kites fly.

People enjoys the colorful kite flying on this day. The clear blue sky seems so attractive and the people surrender themselves to the joy of kite flying. the sky since morning to evening remains dotted with vivid splashes of colour as kites in a variety of different shapes and size. The sky gets full of colorful kites, which got height in the air and at the evening kites carry candle lamps. some people decorate kites very well and then fly. on the day of Makar Sankranti the kites looks like many stars in the night. The people of all over India can celebrates Makar Sankranti with flying kites, not only Indian but also foreigners come in India and they can fly exotic kites of various designs & shapes.

Makar Sankranti Festival Celebration Songs
Makar Sankranti is a popular festival in many parts of India. During the season God Sun bigins his journey to the North from the south. Makar Sankranti is a traditional festival of Hindu public celebrated annually. During these season farmers take their harvest to their house. On this day people celebrate, they makes group and dance with singing Makar Sankranti songs.

Many people wakes up early in the morning, take a bath and go around the streets singing devotional and other songs with happiness. This is also called as “prabhat feery”. Many songs have sung on Makar Sankranti in which some famous songs are sung amazingly by singers.Makar Sankranti is a major event of Hindu people. People like to fly kites on this day with great joy and play new songs in full voice sound along with to increase joy.

There is a one famous song of CHALI CHALI RE PATANG MERI CHALI RE from film Bhabhi. It was one of the best songs of the Makar Sankranti. It was a sweet and fine song, with nice music and lyrics. Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar sang excellently in this song. Tune and lyrics were good and music was light and heart touching.

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