Jan. 14, 2021

The Vice President of India greeted fellow citizens on the eve of the festivals of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bhogali Bihu, Uttarayan and Paush Parbon. These festivals are celebrated in diverse yet similar ways, across India.


  • Makar Sankranti is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya (sun).

  • Date of observance: Makar Sankranti is observed according to solar cycles. It is held normally on the 14th of January, or a day before or after. In certain regions celebrations can go on for even four days and vary a lot in the rituals.

  • Significance: It marks the –
    • first day of sun's transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.

    • end the inauspicious phase of the preceding month that is called Paush.

    • beginning of the end of chilling winter.

    • occasion to celebrate the hard work of millions of our farmers and people across the country (it is celebrated as a harvest Festival)

Source : PIB