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This write up has arisen from the
facts observed in this way---
--What is Sankraanti? -
It is the day and time when the Sun transits in another Raashi (Sign). Since
there are 12 Signs, so there are 12 Sankraanti.
--Makar Sankraanti is considered the greatest Sankraanti,
----as the Sun starts coming towards North;
----Or the Uttaraayan Kaal begins from this day
----The daytime increases, or this is the shortest day of the year.
Normally this day is celebrated on 14th January.
And it is also to be noted that this is the only Hindu festival which is celebrated by
Solar calendar or Gregorian calendar.
Once I tried to find out
the daytime checking the NASA sunrise and sunset times, it fell between December
28 or 29.
Christians celebrate this shortest day on December 25.
Otherwise December 21 is considered the shortest day of the year.
So the questions arise --
Which is the shortest day - December 21, or December 25, or December 29, or January 14?
OR the daytime does not increase with the Sun entering Capricorn Sign?
Sankraanti should be celebrated on the shortest day
OR the day on which the Sun transits in Capricorn Sign?
OR are these two days not the same?
Created by Sushma Gupta on 8/9/09