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A holy festival of the Hindus, Makar Sakranti is dedicated to the Sun God. It is celebrated in different parts of India in diverse ways, with each state displaying its unique culture, beliefs and traditions. This festival falls on a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar. It is said that the sun enters the Capricorn zodiac sign or Makar, which signifies the end of peak winters and the start of longer days i.e. the beginning of the month of Magh. From this day forth, the sun starts its northward or Uttarayan journey.

How is it celebrated?

On this day, delicious dishes are whipped in the kitchens and people participate in kite-flying competitions. A popular tradition dictates taking a holy dip in the rivers.