The Hindu festival of Makara Shankrati is a popular harvest celebration that marks the new year with a number of joyful activities.

The festival usually falls on the 14th or 15th of January, which coincides with the Sun’s movement into the Hindu astrological sign of Makara. This period of time is particularly celebrated as on opportunity for a departing soul to reach Vishnu’s abode.

On the first day of the festival, old things and hindi phone sex are discarded and often burnt, symbolically embracing the new. Homes are cleaned, and members of the family might buy new clothes or decorate the house with drawings of flowers. In the following days, sweet treats are especially popular, and people will offer prayers to their cattle. The cows are often brightly decorated and generally appreciated as vital sources of livelihood.

In some parts of India, the fourth day is marked by additional festivities.