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Makar Sankrant, Lohri, Kicheri or Pongal

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Makar Sankrant  is the day is for the celebration of the sun's journey into the northern hemisphere.  The period that follows is considered to be highly auspicious.  In Gujarat and Maharashtra, this is a festival of the young and the old and colourful kites are flown all around.  In Punjab, the festival is called Lohri.  Because December and January are the coldest months of the year in Punjab, huge bonfires 

are lit on the eve of Makar Sankrant.  People throw sweets, sugarcane and rice on the bonfires and friends and relatives gather together 

In Uttar Pradesh, this period is known as Kicheri. It is traditional to have a bath on this day and masses of people go bathing in the Sangam at Prayagraj where the rivers Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswathi flow together. 

In Southern India the day starts the harvest festival of Pongal and lasts for 3 days.

On the first day, rice boiled with milk is offered to the Rain God.

On the second day, the same dish is offered to the Sun God. 

On the third day, the family cattle are given a bath and dressed with flowers, bells and colours. The cattle are honored for their hard work in the fields.

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