During the month of “Maghe”, near the end of the winter solstice, Nepal celebrates a holiday called “Maghe Sankranti”. On the Gregorian Calendar, the date generally falls in the middle of January.
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Maghe Sankranti is a harvest festival, the beginning of a new agricultural season, and the time when days start getting longer and warmer. It is the harbinger of spring just ahead. The date is also related to the movement of the signs of the Zodiac, as determined in Nepali tradition.
This holiday is also the time when many Hindus will worship the sun god, take ritual baths in local rivers, and eat and share special festive foods like yams, laddus (sweet dough balls), and more.