Makar Sankranti Celebration :

Makar Sankranti is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. India is a country of diversity and such vast is its culture that each city has its own way of celebrating festivals. India is an agricultural country and Makar Sankranti is considered to be an auspicious day for farmers all over the country. Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th of January every year and it marks the beginning of the Harvest season and the end of the winter season.

Each city has its own style of celebrating this festival. Not only the style is different but even the name also differs in different part of the country. In Uttar Pradesh the festival is known as “Khicheri” and is considered to be an important day for taking bath in holy waters of River Ganga and Yamuna. In Punjab the festival is celebrated by great enthusiasm and zeal and is celebrated after the night of “Lohri”.

Makar Sankranti is celebrated as the beginning of the New Year by farmers all over Punjab. A bonfire is lit in various parts of the city and rituals of dance and songs are performed around the bonfire. In South India the festival is known as “Pongal” and it marks the harvest season in South. People in south make delicious recipes from rice and pulses and gifts are exchanged as a mark of happy gesture.

Also in various cities the festival is celebrated by flying kites. People exchange gifts on this day to mark a new chapter in their life and to forget all sorrows and spread love in society. Although Makar Sankranti is known by many different names but still the festival has the same importance in hearts of people and is celebrated all over the country with love and enthusiasm.

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Makar Sankranti Festival aka Uttarayan:

Nirjala Ekadasi Kites

 Kites

Maker Sankranti is not celebrated according to the position of the Moon like other major festival. It is celebrated on the position of the Sun. It commemorates the moment when the Sun progress in a Makar Rashi. On this occasion devotees are worshiped lord Surya.

Lord Surya worship is like nature worship. A biggest moment on this occasion is to take a holy dip at the Sangam of three rivers Yamuna, Saraswati and Ganga in Allahabad. Maker sankranti signals the beginning of spring season and end of the winter season.

This time is observed as Uttarayana Punyakalam and it supposed a auspicious period. After the maker sankranti the days are going to be longer and heater.

It is believed that from this occasion god wake up after a six months sleep. It is considered a best time period to do auspicious things. Maker sankranti also give us an opportunity to regret our sins and negativeness by worship and a hallow dip into the holy rivers.

Myth Story of Sankranti :

In ancient Mahabharata time Bheeshm Pitamaha, who had got bless from his father that he will die by his own desire. (more…)

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