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Makar Sankranti January 2008

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious days in a year in the Hindu calendar. It is based on the movement of the Surya (sun) and is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam and the arrival of spring season. In 2008, Makar Sankranti is marked on January 14 in some calendars and on January 15 in some calendars. In Vaishnava Calendars, Bengali Calendars and in some other regional calendars Makara Sankranti is marked on January 15th 2008.

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Lord Surya is worshipped on the Makar Sankranti day. Another major event is the bathing ritual in the River Ganga. Uttarayana Punyakalam, the day time of Devas, begins with the Makar Sankranti and lasts for six months. This period is ideal for all kind of auspicious activities.
Makar Sankranti is observed throughout India but with slight variations in the festivities. In Bengal, Makar Sankranti marks the Ganga Sagar Mela and Pithey parban. Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on the day in Assam. Makar Mela is observed in Orissa. In North India, it is the time of Lohri. In Central India, it is Sankranti. In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is observed as Pongal. In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Sankranthi. In Kerala, the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage comes to an end with sighting of the Makaravilakku. In Gujarat, it is known as Uttarayan and is noted for the kite flying event.
Another popular event associated with Makar Sankranti is the kite flying in Gujarat and Rajasthan.