Kathmandu, Nepal, January 15, 2019: The Maghe Sankranti, one of the major festivals in Nepal, is being celebrated today with gaiety and religious fervor all over the country in Nepal.
Maghe Sankranti used to be celebrated on the first day of Magh month of Vikram Samvat with the belief that the day marks transition of Sun into Hindu zodiac sign Makara (Capricorn) and seen as a celebration of end of the winter.
People used to take holey dip in various rivers and ponds including confluence of holy Kali Gandaki and Trishuli Rivers at Ridhi of Gulmi district and Devghatdham of Tanahu district.
The Maghi Sankranti used to celebrate with much more fun fare in Tarai region, particularly among the Tharu communities.
On this day, mother of each household used to wish good health to family members by offering- Til ko laddu, Chakku made of from molasses, ghee, Yam and Khichidi.
On the occasion of the Maghe Shakrant, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and President Bidya Devi Bhandari greeted people wishing for the further strengthening of national unity with the spread of peace and happiness among the Nepalese.