Maghe Sankranti (January)

A Sankranti signifies the first day of any month in the Nepali calendar year.  Makar means Capricorn.  Makar Sankranti, therefore, means the first day of the month when the sun enters that part of the zodiac which is symbolized by Capricorn.  It starts on its northward journey in its heavenly course on this day, thus announcing the commencement of the Uttarayan.  In the Nepalese belief this day marks the division of the Winter and Summer solstice.  Bathing in rivers is prescribed for this day, especially at the river confluence and feasting with rich foods of special preparation is common in the family.