Makar Sankranti, which is also known as ‘festival of kites’, will be celebrated across the country today. This auspicious festival is dedicated to the Sun Deity ‘Surya’ and observed in the second week of January.
Makar Sankranti is also a day when the Sun transits into Capricorn, marking winter solstice and commences longer days. On this special day, people lit a bonfire and perform dance, fly kites on the rooftops with a binge of snacks. This year Makar Sankarati will be observed on January 15. The Sun will transit Capricorn at 2:07 am on Wednesday and not Tuesday (Jan 14).
Fairs and pilgrimages to sacred rivers is also a part of the festival. Makar Sankranti is widely celebrated in states such as Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Bihar, Karnataka, among others. A lot of sweet delicacies including jaggery, til are served on an auspicious day. On this occasion, here are some wishes, quotes and messages to send your family and friends: