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Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri, Bihu 2022: Date And Significance Of Harvesting Festival You Need To Know

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If we have to define our country in one word, diversity is the perfect word for it. As you may know that India is a land of festivals. People from different religions coexist harmoniously and even celebrate each other’s festivals enthusiastically which is a sign of our rich culture and traditions. The list of festivals from the first month of January, and the celebration doesn’t stop till the end of the year. The first set of the festival comes just two weeks after the first day of the new year. It includes Lohri, Pongal, Makar Sankranti, and Bihu. These festivals mark the beginning of a new year. They are loosely related to crops and are considered harvesting festivals. Let’s take a look at these festivals and their significance, it will also give you a fair idea about their dates, so you can make your plans accordingly.

1. Lohri (13 January 2022)

The festival of Lohri is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year almost all over the world. Lohri marks the end of the winter season and the arrival of warm weather  On Lohri, people come together to light bonfires, exchange gifts, and eat festive foods especially, jaggery, till, rewri and makke di roti aur sarson da saag.

2. Makar Sankranti (14-15 January 2022)

Makar Sankranti is one of the most significant and widely celebrated festivals of India. This festival marks the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of harvest season in India. On this day, the God of the Sun is worshipped. In many regions, colourful kites take over the skies and people enjoy the till ke laddoo. 

3.  Magh Bihu (15 January 2022)

Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu is celebrated in the state of Assam for two days. It is welcomed by [eople through Bhuj which means a feast along with family members. The first day is celebrated as ‘Uruka’ on the night. On the next morning, people take a ritualistic bath for ‘Meji Jolua’ which means lighting bonfires on the fields. 

4. Pongal (14-17 January 2022)

The festival Pongal marks the beginning of Uttarayan, the sun’s northward journey for the next six months. It is celebrated mainly in the Tamil community. The literal meaning of Pongal is boiling or spilling over. Pongal is also the name of a sweet dish that is made of rice, jaggery, and milk. 

Also Read: Planning Your Outfit For Lohri, Magh Bihu, Pongal Or Makar Sankranti? Here’s A List Of Our Favourite Festive Wear

With all the dates in place and harvesting season coming up, we hope you guys have set the reminders on your calendars already to let the celebration begin. We hope you celebrate these festivals with your family and loved ones and welcome the new beginnings with a lot of love and of course, lots of delicious foods!

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