Makar Sankranti special trains introduced by Indian Railways

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It is nearly always celebrated on January 14.

The markets of Siliguri have started stocking up on sesame, flattened rice, puffed rice, jaggery, rewdi and everything else that is used in the celebration of Makar Sankranti. The slow and subtle beats of this song surely make your mood to celebrate the festival with joy. The festival may have different names in various parts of the country but the spirit remains the same.

Makar Sankranti is celebrated in India in different ways. In Tamil Nadu, the festive occasion is celebrated as Pongal, whereas in Punjab it is known as Lohri while some call it as Uttarayan. On this day lakhs of people take holy dip in the sacred rivers. Music by Ismail Darbar, the song has a lovely classic touch which helps you to celebrate the festival traditionally.

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The festival also marks the early stages of the Rabi crop, where crops have already been sown.

As the entire country celebrates Makar Sankranti with fervour, we will have a look at the interesting facts about the harvest festival.

The day is thus marked with people socialising with each other and enjoying each other's company.

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'Associated with harvest, these festivals are a moment to celebrate the hard work and enterprise of millions of our farmers.

Dedicated to the Hindu Sun god, Surya, the festival denotes the entry of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn), as it travels on its celestial path, thus signifying the arrival of longer days. Thirdly, this is celebration time which is extremely auspicious as per the Hindu calendar.

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