9 Facts About Makar Sankranti

1. Maghe Makar Sankranti is observed by Nepalis Hindu by bathing at the confluence of rivers and praying to the sun.

2. In West Bengal, Makar Sankranti, known as Poush Makar Sankranti named after the Bengali month in which it falls, is celebrated as a harvest festival Poush Parbon (Bengali: পৌষ পারবণ).

3. The first Makar Sankranti experienced by a married woman is of significance as she is invited by her parents and brothers to their houses with her husband for a big feast.

4. In Punjab, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Maghi which is a religious and cultural festival.

5. Uttarayan, as Makar Sankranti is called in Gujarati, is a major festival in the state of Gujarat which lasts for two days.

6. Makara or Makar Sankranti is celebrated in many parts of Indian subcontinent with some regional variations.

7. Makara Makar Sankranti is an important pan-Indian solar festival, known by different names though observed on the same date, sometimes for multiple dates around the Makar Makar Sankranti.

8. Makar Sankranti falls in the Hindu calendar solar month of Makara, and lunar month of Magha.

9. Makara Makar Sankranti, known as Makaraa Makar Sankranti or Maghi, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya (sun).