Makara Sankranti has a geographical significance to it. It is the day when the sun begins its movement away from the Tropic of Capricorn, towards the Northern Hemisphere. It is also known as Uttarayan. The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various names, such as Magh Bihu in Assam, Maghi (preceded by Lohri) in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, popular amongst both the Hindus and Sikhs, Sukurat in central India, Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Ghughuti in Uttarkhand or simply as 'Makara Sankranti' in Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

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