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Makar Sankranti (also known as Makara Sankranti or Maghi) refers both to a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar and a Indian festival in reference to deity Surya (sun) that is observed in January every year.

Makar Sankranti falls in the Hindu calendar solar month of Makara, and lunar month of Magha.

It marks the end of the month with winter solstice and the darkest night of the year, a month that is called Pausha in lunar system and Dhanu is solar system of Hindu time keeping methodology.

The festival also marks the beginning of a six months auspicious period for Hindus known as Uttarayana period.

Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri.

The festival celebrates the first month with consistently longer days.

This significance of Surya is traceable to the Vedic texts, particularly the Gayatri Mantra, a sacred hymn of Hinduism found in its scripture named the Rigveda.

Kanuma, Mukkanuma and the day following Mukkanuma call for celebrations with union of families, friends, relatives.