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Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Kite Festival Day

January 15

Makar Sankranti Kite Festival
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Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan

Bhogi, Ganga Sagar Snan, Hadaga, Magh Bihu

Poki, Tusa / Tusu Puja, Makaravilakku

पोंगल, मकर संक्रान्ति, उत्तरायण, माघ बिहु, भोगी, सबरीमाला यात्रा

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11th Jan: MTS Pongal Vizha, 11th Jan 6pm to 8.30pm at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Corner Wairere Avenue and New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland 1024. Free admission with RSVP. Organized by Muthtamil Sangam Auckland

12th Jan: Makar Sankranti Indian Kite Festival, 12th Jan, 11am to 6.30pm (Rain date 19th Jan), at Eastdale Reserve, Avondale, Auckland. Kite flying, stage performances, fun, picnic and kite flying. Free entry. Organized by Vaishnav Parivar Auckland

18th Jan: Pongal Competition, 18th Jan 9am to 12.30pm at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland 1024. Rangoli (Kola), cookery, Poetry, coloring, oratorical competitions and more. Organized by Auckland Tamil Association

18th Jan: Thai Pongal Pooja, 18th Jan 10am to 1pm at Harvard Community Lounge, 24 Henry Wigram Drive, Christchurch 8042. Organized by Sri Ganesh Temple Christchurch.

Tithi: Panchami / 5th Lunar day from 14th Jan 10.19pm to 15th Jan 7.40pm as per Auckland time


This is a mid-winter festival of Indian subcontinent celebrated by various religions including Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain. This day position of Sun moves from Sagittarius (धनु राशि) to Capricorn (मकर राशि) on its celestial path. This day is beginning of Spring season in northern hemisphere and also celebrated as “Harvest Festival” in India and Nepal.

The same festival has different names and type of celebrations in different states of India. Kite Festival of Gujarat state is very famous.

The famous Kumbh Mela (कुंभ मेला) is also held on Makar Sankranti (मकर संक्रान्ति) every 12 years. Hindus gather in large numbers to take a holy dip at Ganga Sagar (गंगा सागर) on this day every year.

In Southern states of India, this festival is known as Pongal (Surya Pongal / Thai Pongal)

In Assam state of India, this festival is celebrated as Magh Bihu (Bhogali Bihu / Maghar Domahi) and is dedicated to Agni (Lord of Fire)


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