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Makar Sankranti

13-01-2018 03:00 PM | Shilpika Bajpai | My Indian Dream


Makar Sankranti | My Indian Dream

"Tid gud ghya ani god god bola

The season of flying kites is here, it's the time where every beginner as an expert will come to their terraces to show their flying skills. 
"Tid gud ghya ani god god bola " It's time for each of us has to develop a sweet tooth. Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival is here.
       

Makar Sankranti or Maghi refers both to a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar and a Hindu festival in reference to deity Surya. Known for its versatile celebration, Makar Sankranti is said to be the most auspicious day for the Hindus. It marks the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. 

      

Sankranti means the transmigration of the Sun from one Rashi( constellation of the zodiac sign in Indian astronomy) to the next. It is unique because it is one of the few solar festivals as compared to the other festivals which mostly follow the lunar cycle. 

 

The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti have various names such as Lohri by Sikhs, Khichdi in North India, Sukarat in Central India, Bhogali Bihu by Assamese Hindus, and Pongal by Tamil and other South Indian Hindus. The celebrations vary from state to state and are magnificent. The festival observes various events like children going to houses singing and asking treats, melas ( fairs), dances, kite-flying, bonfires and feasts.
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Many people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar and Prayag and pray to the Sun God (Surya). The festival also experiences the most famous Kumbha Mela, held every 12 years at one of four holy locations, namely Haridwar,  Prayag  (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nashik. The Magha Mela  (or mini-Kumbh Mela held annually at Prayag) and the Ganga Sagar  Mela. 
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The harvest festival begins with tasting the best delicacies. In Punjab where you taste gajak and chikkis.

Uttar Pradesh makes you drool over the aroma of Khichdi.Assam households welcome you with rice fritters known as pitha. 

Gujarat, where the festival is largely celebrated by the flying of kites, the main attraction in food here, is undhiyu puri. 

Tamil Nadu where Pongal, the harvest festival is observed for four days in the month of Thai. The word 'Thai Pongal' literally means to boil, signifying an overflow of the harvested crops. The festival is henceforth marked with the cooking of rice porridge or Pongal.
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As it marks the beginning of harvest festival, let's hope this season gives a good crop to our farmers and a good yield of produce so there is no loss of food and crops. 

Wishing you all a Sankranti full of positivity, good health and beautiful beginnings. 



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