Makar Sankranti is a festival celebrated in winter to mark the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn. This takes place during winter solstice int eh northern hemisphere.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated by taking dips in the holy waters of River Ganga to cleanse and purify ones soul. For farmers and those associated with farming, this is an important festival and a special ritual is mandatory for them. A speciality of the festival is laddu, a sweet made with jaggery. Many fairs and festivals are organized during the festival. It is celebrated by flying kites and kites of different varieties are available.
Time to celebration
The festival of Makar Sankranti lasts for three days and falls in the mid of the winter months.