Maghe Sankranti is a Nepali festival which is celebrated on 1st of Magh every year, according to Bikram Sambat Nepali Calendar. Also known as Makar Sankranti or घ्यःचाकु संल्हु or Maghi . According to the Hindu Lunar calendar, the Sun travels to Makar Rashi (Capricorn) on this day. Devotees believe at the end of this day, the heart-wrenching winter shall come to end and warm weather will breeze prosperity and good health. Maghe Sankranti is similar to solstice festivals in other religious traditions.

Hindus celebrate this festival by taking ritual dip in holy river confluences, most notably in Devghat, Chitwan, Nepal. On this day, Nepalese feast themselves with auspicious foods to keep their body warm. Food items like Til laddoos (sesame cakes), Chaku (molasses), Ghee (clarified butter), Sweet Potatoes, Khichari (mixture of rice and lentils) and green leaf spinach are favorites. People believe if they massage their body with Sesame oil or at least eating these auspicious food items will make their body healthier and warmer during the cold weather.

The first day of Magh is also celebrated in the Terai by the Tharu community (one of the native tribes of Nepal) as Maghi or New Year. It is a weeklong festival celebrated by getting together as a family and friends, attending community get together or mela, dressing up in the traditional Tharu wear, eating, drinking and making merry. 

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