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Makara Sankranthi or Pongal festival - greetings, SMS, text messages

Sankranthi, or Sankranti, is a festival that signifies the beginning of the harvest season for the farmers of Indian Sub-Continent. Makara Sankranti has special geo-agri-economical significance to people of Indian Sub-Continent. Makara Sankaranti is about transition of Sun into Capricorn on its celestial path.(Sankarnti being Sanskrit for transition ). This is significant considering Winter Solstice marking gradual increase of duration of day. Also traditionally this has been one of many (considering vastness of land and climatic variation ) harvest days.

The day on which the sun begins its 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 festivals in the Indian subcontinent. 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.

Makara Sankranthi is technically same as “Winter Solstice.” It is supposed to be the day sun starts growing larger in the northern hemisphere of our planet. So that should be December 22nd. Why did it fall 24 days behind? Well, this is due to an error in Surya Siddhanta. As a result of this error, Makara Sankranthi falls a day behind every 72 years.

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