India has its own different way of celebrating everything, be it seasons, Harvesting time,State cultures and traditions or anything. Makar Sankranti is the same festival when the Sun(the Protector of life) enters into the line of Capricorn. It is a symbol of rejuvenating time for Earth. It is time when in India, winter is about to bid farewell and spring is eager to step in.
Makar Sankranti is a kind of religious occasion which emphasizes the relationship of the Sun with the life on the Earth. Sun symbolizes for spiritual illumination, knowledge, and wisdom. Makar Sankranti means that we opt for moving toward the light of knowledge from the darkness of delusion. It specifies the beginning of a new life with the inner light.
It is an auspicious occasion for Hindu they celebrate this festival by having a holy dip into river Ganges. As a sacred ritual there's a tradition to donate money and Khichadi (raw or cooked mixture of pulse & rice) to the poor.
From north to the South and from east to the west this festival has same significance though there are variations in the name. In Tamilnadu it is known as Pongal, in Andhra it is known as Bhogi, Bihu it has the name in Assam whereas Sankranti in Karnataka.Makar Sankranti falls on January 14th of every year. This is the best time to start your pilgrimage tour in India, most probably to char dham pilgrimage of Uttaranchal.
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