Sankranti also known as Sankramanam is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. List of 12 Sankranti provides individual details on the categorization of Sankranti and their significances in the Hindu Calendar. Sankranti is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, passion, and love. Sankranti dates and timings are considered to be very important in the Hindu tradition. Sankranthi is a traditional and oldest festival in the Hindu Calendar, which lists Sankranti 2017 dates calendar as well. It is known that on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, the Sun enters the sphere of Capricorn Zodiac which is also known as ‘Makar’. The term ‘Sakranti’ implies the movement of the Sun from one Zodiac into another. Therefore, this prosperous day is named as ‘Makar Sankranti’.
List of Sankranti Dates 2018
There are total twelve Sankranti in a year, according to the Hindu Calendar. Ayan, Vishuva, Vishnupadi and Shadhitimukhi Sankranti are the four main categories into which all the twelve Sankranti are divided. Among all the 12 Sankranti, ‘Makar Sankranti’ is the most promising one and it is celebrated all over India with a lot of enthusiasm. This festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the 14th of January every year.
In Southern India, Makar Sankranti is celebrated for four days. There are Sankranti Puja rituals and traditions which are followed in the Southern part of India. The day of Sankranti is considered to be auspicious and good for charity, but all the auspicious ceremonies are avoided on this day. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of a prosperous phase or the holy phase of transition. It also marks the end of the inauspicious phase, which starts in mid of December. All the sacred rituals can be performed from this day onwards.
There are various names given to Makar Sankranti in different parts of India. In the state of Gujarat, it is known by the name of Uttarayan. In Tamil Nadu, it is known as Pongal whereas in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, it is named as Maghi. On this day, various sweets and snacks are prepared at home. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in such a manner that all the bitter and sad moments which occurred in the past are forgotten on this day. This day marks the new phase of life which is full of knowledge, purity, and wisdom.