Governor extends Makar Sankranti, Lohri greetings

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It is nearly always celebrated on January 14.

Makar Sankranti is being celebrated across the country with much pomp and fanfare. People celebrate this festival with full of joy and enthusiasm.

This holy festival is also known as the phase of transition, as from now onwards days will start becoming longer and nights will become shorter.

The festival is celebrated on the same day every year in india that follows the solar calendar.

The festival has different names from North to South. Lohri, primarily celebrated in the Punjab region, marks the end of the winter season.

To mark this auspicious day, people across the country thronged the bank of river Ganga to take holy dip and offer special puja. Celebrated with different names all over the country, the festivals of Makar Sankranti and Pongal symbolize the happiness that comes with good harvest and is a celebration of a positive transformation in people's lives. In Gujarat, the event is celebrated as a two-day festival including Uttarayan and Vasi Uttarayan.

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 generally marks the beginning of the Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh while in South India, in Kerala, one of the most austere and hard pilgrimages of Shabrimala ends on this auspicious day. It is also the first day of the month of Magha.