PM Modi wishes nation on Makar Sakranti, Pongal

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The festival is celebrated on 14th January and is possibly the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day each year with just a few exceptions.

"Hearty greetings to the people on the occassion of Makar Sankranti", he said in a Hindi tweet. There are many things which people do on the festival.

This holy festival is also known as the phase of transition, as from now onwards days will start becoming longer and nights will become shorter. Lohri, primarily celebrated in the Punjab region, marks the end of the winter season. It is observed in different ways, in different parts of India.

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Devotees took holy dip at Ganga Sagar in West Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sakranti. The festival is known by different names across the country. Music by Ismail Darbar, the song has a handsome classic touch which helps you to celebrate the festival traditionally. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins.

The time thus signifies a period of socializing and families enjoying each other's company, taking care of the cattle, and celebrating around bonfires. Pongal festival is a thanksgiving ceremony in which the farmers celebrate the event to thank the nature spirit, the Sun God and the farm animals for their assistance in providing a successful harvest.

The customers shared that Makar Sankranti is a couple of days away; which is why the people have started purchasing the items for the festival's celebration. The day is considered auspicious but there are some facts about the festival which are important to know.

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