Makar Sankranti 2022: Makar Sankranti is celebrated differently in these states of India, know where is the tradition

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The festival of Makar Sankranti has special significance in Hinduism. In many states of India, the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great pomp. The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated due to the entry of the planet Sun into Capricorn. This time the festival of Makar Sankranti is falling on 14 January 2022. Another name for Makar Sankranti is Khichdi. Not only Khichdi, but Makar Sankranti is also known by different names all over India. There are many stories related to this festival. At the same time, there are different ways of celebrating Makar Sankranti in almost every state. Many states have unique customs of celebrating Makar Sankranti. Everyone has their own beliefs and traditions. Due to different names, people often think that the festival will also be different, but these other festivals falling on the date of Makar Sankranti, which are celebrated according to the states, are actually the same.

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Makar Sankranti in South India
Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great pomp in South Indian states. Here this festival is known by different names.

Pongal in Tamil Nadu- Like in Tamil Nadu Makar Sankranti is called Pongal. It is a four-day festival, in which Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal, Mattu Pongal, Kanya Pongal are celebrated. Rice dishes are prepared on this occasion and Lord Krishna is worshipped.

Makar Vilakku in Kerala - The festival of Makar Sankranti in Kerala is called Makar Vilakku. On this day people gather near the famous Sabarimala temple to see Makar Jyoti in the sky.

Elu Birodhu in Karnataka- A ritual called 'Elu Birodhu' is organized on the day of Makar Sankranti in Karnataka. Women from several families participate in this event and exchange regional delicacies called alu bela with each other.

Makar Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh- In Andhra Pradesh, the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated for three days. People throw-away old and useless things and bring new things home on this day.

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Makar Sankranti of Gujarat
Gujarati Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over the country. Here this day is considered a very big festival and it is called Uttarayan. In Gujarat, there is a kite festival in the two-day festival of Makar Sankranti.

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Makar Sankranti in Punjab
In Punjab, the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the name of Maghi. On this day, take a bath in the river early in the morning and light a lamp of sesame oil. A big fair is also organized in Sri Muktsar Sahib on the day of Maghi. The festival of Lohri is celebrated a day before Makar Sankranti or Maghi. On the next day of Maghi, farmers start their financial year.

Makar Sankranti in Assam
In Assam, Makar Sankranti is called Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu. On this day there is a harvest festival, which is considered to mark the end of the harvesting season in Magh. In the Assam festival, huts called Meiji are made from bamboo, leaves, and thatch, in which a feast is organized and later those huts are burnt.