Celebrations galore in different parts of the country.
Come January, India gets ready to celebrate a host of harvest festivals.
The spring season, Hindu month of Magh, is welcomed with much pomp and show.
In Maharashtra, people celebrate Makar Sankranti by distributing til gul; while in Gujarat, kite flying is a sport.
Those in Tamil Nadu welcome Pongal by preparing sweet and savoury snacks.
In North India, Lohri involves dancing and feasting, while in the north east, people bond over Bihu.
Take a look at these photographs that capture the myriad moods and traditions of these festivals.
Hindu devotees lead a cow tethered to a rope over a fire during a ritual to mark the Makar Sankranti festival in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Makar Sankranti marks the start of the harvest season.
Photograph: Abhishek N Chinnappa/Reuters
A paper lantern is released to celebrate Makar Sankranti. In Gujarat, people celebrate the festival by flying kites and lanterns.
Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters
In Madurai and parts of Tamil Nadu, celebrations include Jallikattu, a controversial bull-taming sport. Villagers try to control a bull ahead of harvest festival of Pongal.
In parts of northern India, devotees take a dip in the Ganga before an aarti is performed.
Seen here is a Hindu priest lighting a traditional lamp to perform the evening prayers on the banks of river Ganges in Allahabad.
Photograph: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters
In the north-eastern state of Assam, villagers indulge in community fishing to celebrate Bihu. The ritual marks the end of the winter harvesting season.
In Karnataka, farmers participate in Kambala, an annual buffalo race. It is believed to please the Gods for a good harvest.
Photograph: Abhishek Chinnappa/Reuters
In Tamil Nadu, Pongal celebrations include boiling a pot of rice from the first harvest of the year and offering it to the Sun God.
Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
In Maharashtra, people exchange sugarcane and distribute til gul, a sweet made from sesame seeds.
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons
In Punjab, women perform kikli, a traditional dance, in front of a bonfire to celebrate Lohri. People pop puffed rice, sweets, sugarcane and corn into the bonfire to mark the festival post which til revari, and gachak — sweets made from sesame seeds and jaggery — are exchanged.
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