Makar Sankranti - Tuesday 14th January
Sankranti is the term used when the Sun moves from one Rashi - Zodiac to another. Makar corresponds to Capricorn in English. Makar Sankranti represents the movement of the Sun into zodiac Capricorn. The earth revolves around sun with a tilt of 23.45 degrees. When the tilt is facing the sun we get summer and when the tilt is away from the sun we get winter. Because of this tilt. it appears that the sun travels North and South of the equator. This motion of the sun going from south to north is called start of Uttarayana, when the days start getting longer and nights getting shorter in northern hemisphere. Though all Sankrantis are holy, Hindus consider Makar Sankranti the most auspicious.