The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated across India, though different states have different names and distinct rituals and festivities. &TV artists who belong to different parts of the country, including Mouli Ganguly (Mahasati Anusuya, Baal Shiv), Tej Sapru (Prajapati Daksh, Baal Shiv), Akshay Mhatre (Varun Agarwal, Ghar Ek Mandir-Kripa Agrasen Maharaja Ki), Ambrish Bobby (Ramesh Prasad Mishra, Aur Bhai Kya Chal Raha Hai?), Kamna Pathak (Rajesh, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan) and Soma Rathod (Amma ji, Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai) talk about the various ways and rituals of celebrating Makar Sankranti in their re- spective hometowns.

Mouli Ganguly, who plays the role of Mahasati Anusuyain &TV’s Baal Shiv, shares, Back in my hometown Kolkata, Makar Sankranti is known as Poush Sankranti, named after the Bengali month in which it falls. This festival is stretched to three days, from the day before Sankranti to the day after Sankranti. All the sections of the society participate in the same worshipping of Goddess Lakshmi.

Tej Sapru who has recently entered &TV’s Baal Shiv as Prajapati Daksh, shares, Having a strong connection to my Punjabi roots, I vividly remember Makar Sankranti being celebrated as Maghi which holds a lot of religious and cultural values.

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Akshay Mhatre as Varun Agarwal in &TV’s Ghar EK Mandir-Kripa Agrasen Maharaja Ki shares Makar Sankranti is celebrated with a lot of joy in Maharashtra. My most favourite part of the festival is savouring the multicoloured halwa made of sugar granules coated with sugar syrup and til-gul ladoo made of sesame seeds and jaggery.

Hailing from Lucknow, Ambrish Bobby as Ramesh Prasad Mishra in & TV’s Aur Bhai Kya Chal Raha Hai? says, “Makar Sankranti in Uttar Pradesh is known as Kicheri, and it is one of the most important festivals. Til and Gur ke ladoo and Dahi aur Chura are must-haves during this festival. The true essence of the festival lies in gifting, where people gift their loved one and donate clothes and food in huge quantities to the poor, which makes the festival even more special. Makar Sankranti in UP is incomplete without flying kites.

Soma Rathod as Amma ji from &TV’s BhabijiGhar Par Hai shares, We call it Makar Sankranti Uttarayan in Gujarati, and it is one of the most awaited festivals in Gujarat which stretches for two days!

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