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Makar Sankranti is one of the few Hindu Festivals which are celebrated on a fixed date – 14th January every year. It is celebrated across India with some differences in local traditions.

Astrology: In Hindu Astrology there are 12 Rashi (zodiac signs) and Makar (Capricorn) is one of them. When Sun enters the Makar rashi or (in more scientific terms) when Sun moves from the Dakshinayana (Tropic of Cancer) to Uttarayana (Tropic of Capricorn) that day is called as Makar 

Sankranti. This movement of Sun starts the process of days becoming longer (in northern hemisphere). Hindus consider Sun as the symbol of divinity & wisdom so this day is considered as the start of an auspicious period in Hindu calendar. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Hindu family, this day onwards.
In Northern India, this day marks begining of warmer & longer days and a begining of the end of winter season. For farmers it means the start of the harvest season and hence the celebrations.

Mythology: The importance of Makar Sankranti has also been indicated in Mahabharata. It is said that Yashoda, mother of Lord Krishna, fasted on this day for a son.

Rites: One should take only one meal on the eve of Makar Sankranti and on the the day of Makar Sankranti one should take a bath and apply Til (sesame seed) oil. Til is of great importance on this day. It is considered auspicious to apply Til Oil on body, consume food made of Til, do havana using Til, Til Ubatan (cosmetic) on body, Til water and donate Til. One should draw an image of Sun using Chandan (Sandal Wood paste) and pay homage to the Sun God. Donating blankets & Ghee (Clarified Butter) to the needy is also a well known tradition.

Local Traditions: In Uttar Pradesh, Makar Sankranti is called as Khichdi. On this day people eat Khichdi, a special dish made from rice & Dal (pulses). In Maharashtra newly wed women donate Oil, Cotton, Salt etc. to other married women. In West Bengal also there is a tradition to use Til Oil in bath and donate til. In Punjab the eve of Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Lohri. People make huge bonefires and dance the night away. In Ganga Sagar ( a sacred place in West Bengal) Makar Sankranti is celebrated with a fare.

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