Makar Sankranti 2020: Sankranti signs the beginning of longer and warmer days & farewell to the winter chill. Makar Sankranti is a symbol for changing the planetary houses where the sun moves from Saggitarius to Capricorn at this time of the year.
As per the astrology calendar, this year the sun transmits Capricorn at 2:07 AM on Wednesday. So, the Sankranti festival will be celebrated on 15th January 2020, not on January 14. People follow the solar calendar and celebrate the Sankranti festival usually on the same day every year.
Also, this marks the beginning of the divine phase of Uttarayana which is believed as the best time for obtaining ‘Mukti’. In India, every state has its style of traditions to celebrate the festival. Makar Sankranti, a whole Indian solar festival known by various names but seen on the same date.
In Andhra Pradesh, Sankranti is known as Pedda Panduga, Makar Sankranti in North & Karnataka, Magh Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in the regions of central and north India, Pongal in Tamil Nadu. A day prior Makar Sankranti is Lohri, a harvest festival of Punjabi.
As per Hindu Calendar, Makar Sankranti Punya Kaal Muhurta is from 7:14 am to 12:36 pm and Maha Punya Kaal Muhurta is 7.19 am to 9.03 am. Also, it is celebrated as the harvest festival and the entrance of the spring season. The other synonymous name of the day is Kite Flying too.
Across India, you can see people on their terrace and fly colorful kites. In most parts of India, this time is known as an early stage of Rabi crop and agricultural cycle, where crops have been sowed and the hard work in the agricultural fields is mainly over.
Overall Makar Sankranti 2020 means a period of socializing and family get-together, taking care of the farming, cattle, and celebrating around bonfires, delicious food items, and flying kites.