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Maghi is the Punjabi festival of Makar Sankranti. It is celebrated in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. It is traditional for all Punjabis to eat rice made in boiled milk ("kheer").

Celebration by Hindus

Hindus visit the Mandir and bathe in the Holy waters of the Ganges.

The month of “Magh” is considered to be one of the auspicious months. Rath Sapthami, Maha Shiva Rathri, Bhishma Ashtami and Ekadashi occur in this month.[1]

“Agh” means sin and “Magh” eradicates sin. Bathing in any river in the early hours on Maghi is important. Hindus light lamps with sesame oil as this is supposed to give prosperity and drive away all sins.[2]

Celebration by Sikhs

Sikhs visit the Gurdwara as the day of Maghi is observed to honour the heroic fight of the Chali Mukte, or the Forty Liberated Ones, who sacrificed their own lives defending an attack by the imperial army marching in pursuit of Guru Gobind Singh. The action took place near a pool of water, Khidrane di Dhab, on 29 December 1705. A large gathering takes place in Muktsar.

References

  1. ^ [1] Significance of Magh
  2. ^ [2] Significance of Magh

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