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Dedicated to the festival of Kite flying, this track from the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is sure to leave you grooving. In South India, it is celebrated for three days starting with Bhogi and followed by Makar Sankranti and kanuma.

Indian Railways has come up with 10 special trains to cater to the devotees wishing to take a holy dip in the Triveni Sangam in Allahabad on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. While the festival is celebrated under various names across the states of India, the common thread that marks all the festivities is the kite festival. In Tamil Nadu it is called Pongal, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Bhogali Bihu in Assam, Poush Sankranti in West Bengal and Maghi in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh. It is a ritual which is believed to wash away sins. Melas are a must during Makar Sankranti and the most famous one being the Kumbh Mela. Previous year on the same day, more than 60 to 70 lakh people visited Allahabad. As the sun takes a new journey and when winter begins to turn towards summer according to Hindu Calendar. Another custom is kite flying, which is both fun and beneficial for health, as it allows us to stay in the sun. It is associated with colourful decorations, children celebrates with singing, dancing, various fairs, kite flying, elaborate bonfires and feasts.

The importance of Makar Sankranti and why is it celebrated?

Vatsal Sheth ("Haasil"): Every year, I go to Ahmedabad to fly kites, the entire atmosphere is festive and everyone is charged with zealous energy out there.

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