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Saw a few questions asking why #MakaraSankranti falls on pretty much the same Gregorian date every year, but a Deepavali or a Ganesh Chaturthi vary.
Here's a snapshot of how that works👇
The sidereal calendar used in TN, Punjab, West and East Bengal, and much of SE Asia, tracks the movement of the Earth relative to 12 fixed constellations or Rashis
(Which is why even in Western Zodiac they're almost fixed by date)
The first of them is Mesha/Aries and that's because it's the onset of the spring season, bringing opportunity for sowing after harsh winters. The exact date is up for debate, but there's enough universality to the concept of starting New Year around March/April #MakaraSankranti
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