Multicolored sugar halwa surrounded by til-gul (sesame and jaggery) ladoos are exchanged and eaten on Makara Sankranti.
Multicolored sugar halwa surrounded by til-gul (sesame and jaggery) ladoos are exchanged and eaten on Makara Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti (Sankranthi) is probably the only Hindu festival that always falls on the same Gregorian date - January 14, while the dates of other festivals change, based on the lunar calendar.

Sankranti means transition and on this date, Surya (Sun) transits from Dhanurashi (Sagittarius) to the Makara (Capricorn) and marks the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.

Makara Sankranti is held to honour the God Surya in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Hindus take a dip in holy rivers on this day and celebrate it by giving sweet treats made of sesame and jaggery. This festival also involves activities like kite flying.

The festival is observed throughout India, but it is known by different names like Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Maghi in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, Bhogali Bihu in Assam, Shishur Saenkraat in Kashmir Khichdi in Uttar Pradesh and Western Bihar and Makara Sankramana in Karnataka.

Surya (Sun) brings light and warmth to the world. Likewise, Makara Sankranti encourages people to live in peace and harmony and for people to reconcile any personal differences. We bring you best quotes, sayings, messages and wishes to share on this special Hindu festival as greetings to friends and family members on Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking platforms.

  • Salutations and adorations to the Supreme Lord, the primordial power that divided the year into the four seasons. Salutations to Surya, the Sun God, who on this great day of Makar Sankranti embarks on his northward journey (Uttarayana). - Author Unknown
  • Seekers of Truth, aspirants on the path of Yoga, devotees of God, lovers of mankind, all these have to pay tribute to the supreme father of energy, vital, which is Surya. 'Suryah pratyaksha devata' (The Sun is the visible God). If you have any visible God, it is the Sun before you. You cannot see God in His pristine excellence, but you can see God through the operation of his powers in nature. So, this particular day, we call Makara Sankranti, is holy. - Swami Krishnananda
  • The sun signifies knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to joyously let the light within us shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom, and knowledge, even as the sun does from this day. - Swami Sivananda
  • The sun, symbolizing wisdom, divine knowledge and spiritual light, which receded from you when you reveled in the darkness of ignorance, delusion and sensuality, now joyously turns on its northward course and moves towards you to shed its light and warmth in greater abundance, and to infuse into you more life and energy. - Author Unknown
  • May this festival bring in the Promise of a good harvest, sweetness of Pongal, Brightness of the sun; joy, hope and happiness. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • The sun rises with hope, kites fly with bigour, crops are ready to be harvested – all denoting hope, joy and abundance
  • The eternal mystery of life is a new start. Wishing you a happy Makar Sankranti.
  • Makar Sankranti denotes great planning and happy beginnings; daring and new destinations; success and sweetness. Wish you a great Pongal! And Joyous Makar Sankranti!
  • Sending you warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and wishing you life's best now and in all the days to come. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • Our thoughts hold the power to build, bend or break our circumstances. Best wishes.
  • A beautiful, bright and delighted day, sun entered Makar to intense the ray. Crop harvested to cheer the smiles, come together and enjoy the life.
  • To sweet friend, I send Happy Makar Sankranti Wishes for you with love. I hope this harvest is the Best in the whole year and you Have lots of grains to earn profits.
  • May the Makar Sankranti fire burn all the moments of sadness and bring you warmth of joy and happiness and love...
  • A new beginning, a new destination, with happiness or sorrow, with pain or pleasure. Happy Makar Sankranti!
  • May your life be blessed with love. May your life be blessed with Lakshmi. May your life be blessed with happiness. Happy Makar Sankranti!
  • I wish you to have a life filled with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and celebrate the festival with sweets and gifts. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • Let this be an auspicious festival for you with an overflowing of happiness, joy and prosperity. Wishing you the blessings of Makar Sankranti.
  • Look Outside...It's so pleasant...Sun is smiling for you...Trees are dancing for you...Birds are singing for you...Because I asked them to wish you. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • Its time to enjoy the first festival of the year with full intensity and love. Wishing you the greetings of a prosperous, delightful and auspicious Makar Sankranti.
  • May this festival fulfill all your life's wishes, Its my prayer and wish that the cool warmth of bonfire, delicious sweetness of gur and rewri, remain with you forever. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • Makar Sankranthi Denotes Great Planning And Happy Beginnings! Daring And New Destinations! Success And Sweetness! Happy And Joyous Makar Sankranti!
  • Bajare ki roti, nimbu ka achar, suraj ki kirne, chand ki chandani aur apno ka pyaar. Har jeevan ho khushal mubarak ho aapko Sankranti ka tyohar
  • Mithi Boli, Mithi Juban, Makar Sankrant Ka Yahi Hai Paigam. HAPPY SANKRANTI.
  • Mithaa gurh te vich mil geya til, udi patang te khil geya dil, har pal sukh te har vele shanti, paao rabb agge dua tusi, Lohri khushiyaan naal manaao!
  • Tal tal na laadu, Sherdi no rash, Hathma firki, Rah koni juo chho bhai.., Patang chagavone.....Happy makar sankranti..!!