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14 January 2018, 05:07 | Devin Moran
Lohri also marks the end of a long night of winter and beginning of longer days of summer as the Sun begins its journey to the Northern Hemisphere
In a series of tweets, he greeted various communities celebrating the festivals in different forms in Assam, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Gujarat. The day is considered auspicious but there are some facts about the festival which are important to know. This is the reason why it falls on the exact same date year after year as per Georgian calendar.
It is held on January 14 to honour the sun god Surya, which is on a Sunday in 2018. The festival may have different names in various parts of the country but the spirit remains the same. The main deity who is worshipped during the festival is Lord Indra, who is the God of rain in Hindu mythology. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India.
In his message, the Governor said that "Makar Sankranti has a special significance for us in Arunachal Pradesh".
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. The word "Til Gud" originated from Maharashtra, where people go by the tradition of wishing everyone by saying, "Til gud ghya ani goad goad bola" which suggests people to be as sweet with words, just like the ingredients, signifying a bond to spread sweetness. Makar is the Sanskrit word for Capricorn while Sankranti is the Sanskrit word for transition.
The muhurat starts at 2am and ends at 5.41.
Pongal, which is celebrated in many countries by the Tamils, marks the auspicious start of Sun's six-month long northwards journey or Uttarayana.
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