India’s bountiful winter harvest festival with different names

Anand Mahindra tweeted a map depicting the various names by which multiple states commemorate Makar Sankranti, but he added that even this does not fully represent India's diverse celebrations.

India’s bountiful winter harvest festival with different names

India is known as the world's festival capital, and 14 Jan. is no exception, as different parts of the country celebrate the harvest festival under various names. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people at harvest festivals and commemorated the Sun's northward journey.

Devotees assembled at the ghats of Varanasi, India on the bank of holy river Ganga on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on Jan. 15, 2022. Photograph: Anand Singh

A harvest festival is a celebration of the food that has been grown on the farm. Harvest festivals can be found at various times and locations worldwide due to differences in climate and crops.

Anand Mahindra, an industrialist, asked his Twitter followers for a comprehensive list of all harvest festivals celebrated in India on Thursday, claiming that he misses out "on one of them" every year while wishing people across the country.

Video by: Anand Singh

From Shishur Sankraat in Jammu and Kashmir to Makara Sankramana in Karnataka and Uttarayan in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Mahindra Group chairperson tweeted a map showing the various names by which various states commemorate Makar Sankranti.