With colourful flying kites and baked winter food, India is celebrating the harvest festival of Makar Sankranti on January 14, the celebration of which extends January 15. Makar Sankranti, popularly known as Uttarayan in Gujarat, is one of the biggest festivals in the state.
On the holy occasion of Makar Sankranti, BJP president Amit Shah celebrated the harvest festival and showed off his Kite flying skills. In a video by news agency ANI, Mr Shah can be seen flying a kite in Ahmedabad's Nava Vadaj area in full force while party leaders are cheering him up with enthusiasm.
Watch the video above.
Earlier in the day, the BJP chief took to social media to greet the people on the occasion:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended warm wishes to the people on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. In a tweet, PM Modi hoped that this festival representing nature and tradition will bring prosperity and good health in people's life. The Prime Minister also sent best wishes to the citizens on the occasion of Pongal, Magh Bihu and Uttarayan.
President Ram Nath Kovind has also greeted the people on Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan and Bhogali Bihu.
Meanwhile, Gujarat is all decked up with enthusiasm to celebrate the festival, but with a political touch. The kites starring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress party President Rahul Gandhi have been making the rounds in the market.
Makar Sankranti is the day dedicated to Lord Surya and is celebrated by taking a holy dip in river Ganges. As per the Hindu calendar, this day is also celebrated as the festival of harvest. The calendar reads Makar Sankranti to mark the beginning of the auspicious year.
From surviving the cold winters to moving towards the livelier season of spring, Makar Sankranti is celebrated in various parts of India. In Punjab, a bonfire is lit with the people singing and dancing around it. From wearing new clothes to celebrating it all night, the festival not only marks the beginning of an auspicious year but also brings the family together.
(With ANI inputs)