Makar Sankranti In India : Sunday, 14 January 2018
Makar Sankranti, also called Maghi, is a Hindu festival. The festival is observed in January every year and signifies the first day of Sun’s transit into the makar. Makar Sankranti has been one of the few traditional Hindu festivals that has been observed as per soar cycles. Other Hindu festivals are observed by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu solar.
Being a festival that revels solar cycle, Makar Sankranti almost falls on the same date, which is 14 January every year. The festivities related to the festival of Makar Sankranti are known by several names like Sukarat in central India, Lohri by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Pongal by Tamil and other south Indian Hindus and Bhogali Bihu by Assamese Hindus.
Importance Of Makar Sankranti Holidays 2018
Makar Sankranti is devoted to God Sun or Surya. The importance of Surya is noticeable to the Vedic texts, especially the Gayatri Mantra, a blessed hymn of Hinduism found in its scripture called the Rig-Veda. The festival also symbolises the starting of a six months auspicious period for Hindus called Uttarayana period. It is considered as significant for spiritual practices. Accordingly, people take a holy dip in rivers. The bathing is trusted to result in forgiveness of past sins.
People also submit their prayers to God Surya and thank for their wealth and triumph. Makar Sankranti is a vital pan-Indian solar festival, which is called by various names even though observed on the similar day. It is also called Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Megha Mela in central, Makar Sankranti in the west, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, and Biku in Assam.
Celebrations Of Makar Sankranti Holidays 2018 In India
- Tamil Nadu: It is a major festival in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The festival is celebrated for four days and coincides with the third day of Thai.
- Andhra Pradesh: Makar Sankranti is a four-day festival.
- Punjab: The eve before Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Lohri.
- Madhya Pradesh: Makar Sankranti is celebrated by exchanging programs and sweets.
- Odisha: People follow the custom of lighting bonfires and eating all together.
- Assam: The festival is celebrated as Bhogali Bihu.
- West Bengal: Sankranti is a three-day affair that starts at Sankranti.
Makar Sankranti Holidays 2018
In 2018, the festival of Makar Sankranti falls on 14 January 2018, which is Sunday.
Makar Sankranti Holidays 2018-2029
|15 January 2019||Tuesday||Makar Sankranti|
|15 January 2020||Wednesday||Makar Sankranti|
|14 January 2021||Thursday||Makar Sankranti|
|14 January 2022||Friday||Makar Sankranti|
|15 January 2023||Sunday||Makar Sankranti|
|15 January 2024||Monday||Makar Sankranti|
|14 January 2025||Tuesday||Makar Sankranti|
|14 January 2026||Wednesday||Makar Sankranti|
|15 January 2028||Friday||Makar Sankranti|
|15 January 2029||Saturday||Makar Sankranti|
List Of Sankranti Dates In 2018
|14 January 2018||Sunday||Makar Sankranti|
|13 February 2018||Tuesday||Kumbha Sankranti|
|14 March 2018||Wednesday||Meena Sankranti|
|14 April 2018||Saturday||Mesha Sankranti|
|15 May 2018||May||Vrishabha Sankranti|
|15 June 2018||Friday||Mithuna Sankranti|
|16 July 2018||Monday||Karka Sankranti|
|17 August 2018||Friday||Simha Sankranti|
|17 September 2018||Monday||Kanya Sankranti|
|17 October 2018||Wednesday||Tula Sankranti|
|16 November 2018||Friday||Vrichika Sankranti|
|16 December 2018||Sunday||Dhanu Sankranti|
How Is Makar Sankranti Celebrated In Different Indian States?
During the festival in Assam, youngsters create makeshift huts from leaves and bamboos. In that they eat the feast and burn the huts next morning. People play traditional games. In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the festival is celebrated as Khichadi. The celebration is done by pleasant offerings and exchange of lentil mix and rice. In Madhya Pradesh, married women shall be invited at home for Haldi-Kumkum. In Karnataka, it is the biggest festival.