Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extended his heartfelt greeting to the people of Odisha on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti on Wednesday.
The CM took to Twitter handle and wrote: “Greetings and best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. May this festival bring joy and prosperity for you and your loved ones.”
ପବିତ୍ର ମକର ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତି ଅବସରରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ଓ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା। ଆନନ୍ଦ ଉଲ୍ଲାସର ପର୍ବ ମକର ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତିରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ସୁଖମୟ ଜୀବନ କାମନା କରୁଛି। pic.twitter.com/LfQXXjrviM
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) January 15, 2020
Religious dips and special prayers marked Makar Sankranti that was celebrated with tradition fervour and gaiety in several parts of the state.
Makara Sankranti or Maghi, is a festival dedicated to the deity Surya (sun). It is observed each year in January.
It marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
Makara Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles, while most festivals are set by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar. Being a festival that celebrates the solar cycle, it almost always falls on the same Gregorian date every year (January 14), except in some years when the date shifts by a day for that year.
The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various names, such as Maghi (preceded by Lohri) by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Makara Sankranti (Pedda Pandaga) in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal (also called Poush sôngkrānti), Karnataka and Telangana, Sukarat in central India, Magh Bihu by Assamese, and Thai Pongal by Tamils.