January : Pausha - Magha : A New Year, A New Season
The month of the Sun. After the winter solstice, as the Sun turns his celestial chariot northwards, the days start getting longer and warmer. As the last nights of winter melt, the country celebrates with harvest festivals. Makar Sankranti leads the festivities as the Sun moves into the house of Capricorn and heralds the advent of spring. Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Lohri – though called by different names across the country, celebrate the onset of spring.
The North revels in the warmth of Lohri, while the South welcomes the new Sun with Pongal. Not to be left behind, the East greets the harvest with Bhogali Bihu while the West takes to the sky with a thousand kites to celebrate Uttarayan. As joy and bounty overflow and delicacies are rustled in bustling kitchens, India ushers in the new year with hope and vigour.