What is Makar Sankranti and what significance does it have in Hindu religion?

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Makar Sankranti is considered a very auspicious festival in India. Celebrated on the 14th of January, this festival is celebrated in the whole country with full fervour.

Kite Flying

Colorful kites fill the sky this day. It is observed in some particular cities and states of India like Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The whole sky looks so beautiful on this day. As soon as the sun sets, the sky is filled with lanterns and the whole scenery of the sky looks amazingly beautiful as if those are not lanterns but glow worms.

New Clothes

People wear new clothes on this day. They celebrate the festival with full joy and purchase clothes many days before the actual day.


Artistic Rangoli designs are drawn as welcome signs at the entrance of the house.

Holy Dip

People often extol their religious sentiments by taking a sacred dip in Ganga Sagar and Prayag.


There are two sides of every festival in India usually- Religious fervor and Joyous festivity. In accordance with the latter, fairs are celebrated on a Pan - India level.

Haldi Kumkum

Haldi Kumkum festival begins on Makar Sankranti in which married women celebrate. They gift each other various articles like ‘Bindi’, ‘Sindoor’, ’Bangles’, ‘Payal ‘ etc. All these are the things associated with the married women.


Blessings of people help us in climbing the ladder of success. Ur elders have been teaching us the importance of donating money, books, clothes to the people who are not well off. Many people, therefore indulge themselves in donating to the poor.


Makar Sankranti also was known as Makara Sankranti, Sankranti or even Baghi is the festival dedicated to Sun God. It is even significant from the point of view of seasons as it marks the ending of winters and the beginning of summers.

Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:24