Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival celebrated in India and Nepal. It is a harvest festival celebrated in all parts of India. In some parts of India, Makara Sankranti is also known as ‘Pongal’ or only ‘Sankranthi’. People celebrate this festival with kite flying, decorating their house and prepares special food.
When is Makar Sankranti in 2016, 2017, 2018?
- When is Makar Sankranti in 2016? – 14th January, 2016 Thursday.
- When is Makar Sankranti in 2017? – 14th January, 2017 Saturday.
- When is Makar Sankranti in 2018? – 14th January, 2018 Sunday.
On Makar Sankranti, the sun transits from Dhanu Rashi (Saggitarus) to Makara Rashi (Capricorn). People celebrate this day with lots of joy and happiness with their family members and friend across the country. People make donations at various places to earn “Purnya” as per the Hindu mythology. In many states, such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi and other parts, people celebrate this day with kite flying from their terrace. The Government of Gujarat organizes a special celebration known as “International Kite Festival in Gujarat” at Ahmedabad, a commercial capital of the state.
Where it is celebrated?
Makar Sankranti i.e. Uttarayan is celebrated in most of parts of India with different names. We have listed states where Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti is celebrated.
- Andhra Pradesh (Sankranti)
- West Bengal (Poush Sankranti)
- Assam (Bihu)
- Bihar and Jharkhand (Makar Sankrant or Khichdi)
- Uttar Pradesh
- Delhi and Haryana (Sakraat)
- Tamil nadu (Thai Pongal)
- Goa (Haldi-Kumkum)
- Rajasthan (Sankrat)
- Gujarat (Uttarayan)
- Punjab (Lohri)
- Himachal Pradesh (Magha Saaja)
- Karnataka (Harvest Festival)
- Maharashtra (Makar Sankranti)
- Kerala (Makar Sankranti)
- Kumaon (Uttarakhand) (Great Gusto)
Best places to celebrate kite festival/Uttarayan/Makara Sankranthi in Gujarat.
During this festival, international tourists arrives in India from various countries such as Australia, Japan, Indonesia, UK, Brazil, Italy, Canada, USA, Malaysia and China. They arrive with their own country’s traditional kite to represent their country.
Please follow some safety tips to celebrate this beautiful festival without any incident with you.
Article last re-published on December 26, 2015.