Makara Sankranti is one of the auspicious festivals celebrated all over the country. More so in the southern states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Of course, in the state of Tamil Nadu where it is celebrated in a big way as "Pongal".
A harvest festival when farmers thank gods for a good harvest. The time when the farmers take their time off to enjoy the fruits of their hard labour. When they get together with family and friend to celebrate the occasion The festival is celebrated in a grand manner in Malnad region of Karnataka with the Jatre or Utsav on Yellu Amavasya, the day before Sankranti in the town of Tirthahalli in Shimoga district in Karnataka. Take a look at this You Tube Video on this
The weather is pleasant in South India and farming community have time on their hands after harvest. This season is also known for "action" in the Madurai region of Tamil Nadu. I happened to read a fascinating article yesterday in "The Hindu" newspaper on the action in Madurai during Pongal time by the farmers. Though many of these activities are banned as animals are involved, they continue in small pockets. Take a look at this link.