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Makar Sankranti – A diverse cultural festival



By: Samar Bhatia

The evergreen festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the 14th day of every January.

The festival is celebrated to mark the arrival of the new year in the Hindu calendar and being devoted to the sun deity Surya where the sun moves from the southern hemisphere to the Northern hemisphere.

The festival is known by many names spanning from the eastern region to the western northern and southern such as:

● Lohri in Haryana, Punjab, Himachal (Northern)

● Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana (Southern)

● Suggi Habba in Karnataka (Southern)

● Uttarayana in Uttarakhand (Northern)

● Makar Mela in Odisha (Southern)

● Sankranti in Kerala (Southern)

● Haldi Kumkum in Maharashtra, Goa, Nepal, Jammu (North, Central)

● Pongal in Tamil Nadu (Southern)

● Pusna in West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya (Eastern)

● Khichdi in Uttar Pradesh

The diversification in each state is closely linked to the culture of that particular state. This shows the secularity of our republic and we as a united country should also celebrate the united love for this festival.

Poetic गुफ्तगू – With हुमेरा खान @poetsofDelhi