Makar Sankranti and Pongal

MAKAR SANKRANTI

Makar sankrantiThe day on which the sun begins it journey northwards is referred to as Makara Sankranti. Sankramana means “to commence movement” and hence the name Makara Sankranti given to one of the largest, most auspicious, but varied festival in the Indian continent. It usually falls in the middle of January. Because of the geography and size of India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and position in the context of north or south of India.

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PONGAL

Thai Pongal (Tamil: தைப்பொங்கல்) is a harvest festival equivalent to a thanksgiving event celebrated by Tamils across the world. Pongal in Tamil means “boiling over or spill over.”

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