It marks the entry of the sun into the Zodiac sign of Makara as it travels its path.

It is believed that with the festival of Makar Sankranti there is end to Winters and beginning of the Spring Season. However this year people from Northern India had faced one of the coldest winters in a century and would remember for a long time. Still weather is cold and most of us would like to have sunny days

This festival is celebrated through out the country indicating the real Unity and Diversity among all regions of the country and is celebrated by different names.

Lohri in Northern India, Sukrat in Central India, Pongal is celebrated in Tamilnadu and Pudicherry. Uttarayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam. Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and the neighbouring regions and so on.

It is common for the people to take holy dip in the rivers, lakes or any water body as they believe that by doing so they will get rid of the bad sins committed in the past.

Let us celebrate the festival and meet each other in High Spirits.

Happy Makar Sankranti!

Images from Palwal (Haryana ) and Delhi taken in January 2016 and October 2019 respectively.

About Vinod Goel

He joined Customs & Central Excise service in 1982. As a civil servant, his job takes him to various parts of India, which gave him an opportunity to capture our wild heritage, through his camera. His passion for wildlife photography started in 2004 when he was posted at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and this passion continues till today.