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Nation celebrates Makar Sankranti, Pongal

Jan 14, 2014 08:56 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Two major harvest festivals, Makar Sankranti and Pongal are being celebrated across the country on Tuesday. While it is known as Makar Sankranti in northern regions of India, down South, the festival is celebrated by the name Pongal in Tamil Nadu.

Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of the auspicious period of Uttarayana and is celebrated with pomp and fervour in major parts of the country.

Pongal celebrations include bull fights which are being organised in several villages of Tamil Nadu. An estimated half a million devotees will also head to Sabarimala in Kerala to participate in the festivities.

Makar Sankranti marks the entry of the Sun in Capricorn and signifies the arrival of the spring and the beginning of the harvest season.

Bull fights in Tamil Nadu villages, Madurai and Karur, are a huge hit among people and draw hundreds of keen watchers. The period of Uttarayana is considered very auspicious and all important events are scheduled during this time period.

Across the north-eastern regions especially Assam, the harvest festival is celebrated as Bihu where families serve traditional delicacies on this important day.