Makar Sankranti 2020 Date: Makar Sankranti is the first Hindu festival of the year, that follows the New Year celebrations. Know by different names in different states, it is celebrated as Sukarat in central India, Bihu in Assam, Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and the neighbouring regions. It also marks the initiation of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) as it starts on its celestial path. The festival of Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on January 15 this year.
The festival, which is observed as per the solar cycle, marks the onset of summer, and the six months long auspicious period for Hindus known as Uttaarayan. On the day of the festival a wide variety of spiritual practices are observed. Many devotees take a holy dip in rivers as it is believed that doing so will absolve them of their past sins.
On this day, a mighty spread is prepared as people thank the Almighty for the good harvest. Many sweets like patishaptas, jaggery and rice pudding, among others are prepared. The day is spent singing traditional songs, dancing and even preparing a bonfire in the evening. The day is marked with festive cheer and sets the theme for the rest of the year.