The festival of Makar Sankranti was celebrated in the city with great enthusiasm. The children enjoyed the festival as it was a school holiday.
While men, young ones and the children enjoyed kite flying throughout the day, the women folks celebrated the festival in traditional way offering haldi-kumkum to each other. The tradition of preparing til-gud laddos and til-gud rotis was followed by most of the Maharashtrian houses.
People also exchanged greetings on phones, WhatsApp and other media. Terraces of most of the buildings were seen crowded with youth and the children where kite flying was at its peak even as the government had banned the use of nylon manjas (glass coated) thread. The shouts of o katt could be heard throughout the day from every corner of the city.
The day also marks the first day of sun’s transit into Makar, where it is believed it is the beginning of the longer days.