PM Narendra Modi extends Makar Sankranti, Pongal wishes
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended greetings to the nation on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal.
PM tweeted: "Makar Sankranti is marked with enthusiasm in several parts of India. This auspicious festival illustrates India’s diversity and the vibrancy of our traditions. It also reaffirms the importance of respecting Mother Nature.
"Pongal greetings to all, especially my Tamil sisters and brothers. This special festival showcases the best of Tamil culture. May we be blessed with good health and success. May this festival also inspire us to live in harmony with nature and further the spirit of compassion."
Makara Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti is an Indian festival that is dedicated to the Sun. It is observed each year in the lunar month of Magha which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar and is a day the people of India and Nepal celebrate their harvest.
On the day, Sun transits into Makara rashi (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
This is one of the Indian festivals which are observed according to the lunar cycle of the lunisolar.