MAKAR SANKRANTI (14 JANUARY 2018)
The festival of Makar Sankranti is one of the main festivals of Hindu religion, which is celebrated on the successor of the sun. The special feature of this festival is that it is celebrated on 14th January every year, not on different dates, like other festivals, when the sun passes through the Makar line after the successor.
Makar Sankranti is directly related to the geography and position of the sun. Whenever the Sun comes on Makar Line, that day is only on January 14, so the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on this day.
Makar Sankranti is also called the festival of bathing and donation. On this day bathing is important in pilgrimages and sacred rivers, as well as donating according to sesame, jaggery, khichdi, fruits and zodiac, virtue is attained. It is also believed that Sun Deva is pleased with the donations made on this day. This festival is different from the same festival in Prayag Nagar of Uttar Pradesh. The beginning of the bath before the grand Kumbh Mela also starts from this festival. On this day, in the number of lakhs, saints and devotees come to take bath of Ganga and the Brahmins By donating from sesame seeds, rice, desserts etc. to the worshipers
Makar Sankranti festival is celebrated in different states by different names.
In different regions of India, the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated in different ways. In Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka it is called Sankranti and in Tamil Nadu it is celebrated as Pongal festival. At this time, new crop is welcomed in Punjab and Haryana and Lohri festivals are celebrated, while in the form of Bihu in Assam this festival is celebrated with glee. In each province, its name and way of celebrating vary.
According to different beliefs, the recipes of this festival are also different, but the pulse and rice khichadi have become the main identities of this festival. It is important to eat khichdi in particular with jaggery and ghee. Apart from this, sesame and jaggery also have great importance on Makar Sankranti. This morning, after bathing sesame, the bath is done after rubbing. Apart from this, sesame and jaggery laddus and other dishes are also made. At this time Suhagana women also exchange the contents of the suhag. It is believed that this makes her husband’s age longer.
Apart from all these beliefs, Makar Sankranti festival is also an enthusiasm. On this day kite flying also has special significance and people kite with great joy and glee. Large number of kite flying events are also organized in many places on this day.