Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious and important occasions for the Hindus, and is celebrated in all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervour and gaiety. It is a harvest festival. Makar Sankranti is perhaps the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day every year on the 14th of January.Makar Sankranti is the day when the glorious Sun-God begins its ascendancy and entry into the Northern Hemisphere and thus it signifies an event wherein the Sun-God seems to remind their children that ‘Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya’- may you go higher & higher, to more & more Light and never to Darkness.
To Hindus, the Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti specify that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom, and knowledge, even as the Sun does from the Day of Makar Sankranti.
Celebrations in India
Though each state applies its own local celebration flavor, kite flying is a universal concept on Makar Sankranti and several event are held. Each State celebrate this festival with its own way.
In Gujarat, this day is looked forward to by everyone.One of the major festivals of Tamilnadu, it is celebrated over four days and coincides with the third day of “Thai“. It is a four day festival in Andhra Pradesh. In Karnataka, people partake of sugarcane, fried til, and coconut. In Kerala, Sabarimala is the site of celebration as the Makara Jyothi is visible here. In Maharashtra, til-laddus is offered to everyone on this day.In Punjab, the eve before Makar Sankranti is celebrated as ‘Lohri’. Rice grains and sugarcane are thrown in the bonfires amidst a huge social gathering. It is followed by prayers, songs of prosperity and dances by males and females.In Madhya Pradesh “Sakarat” is celebrated with exchange of sweets and programs. In Orissa, people follow the tradition of lighting bonfires and eating together. In Assam, the festival is celebrated as Bhogali Bihu in Assam.
Makar Sankranti is synonymous with contests such as fairs, especially the Kumbh Mela, held every 12 years at in the holy cities of Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nashik.The essence of this day is to bring sweetness to life and relationships and wish the well-being and prosperity to one another. Understanding the meaning behind the festival makes us even more aware of nature’s true worth and bounty.
The festival of Makar Sankranti is highly regarded by the Hindus from North to down South. The day is known by various names and a variety of traditions are witnessed as one explores the festival in different states.
In Bengal, Makar Sankranti is noted for the Ganga Sagar Mela and Pithey parban.
Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on the day in Assam.
In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Sankranthi.
In Karnataka – Sankranthi
In Maharashtra it Makar Sankranti and Til Gul
Makar Mela is observed in Orissa.
In North India, it is the time of Lohri and Khichadi.
In Central India, it is Sankranti.
In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is observed as Pongal.
In Kerala, the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage comes to an end with sighting of the Makaravilakku.
In Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is known as Uttarayan and is noted for the kite flying event.
It is an important bathing date during the famous Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela at Sangam (Prayag) in Allahabad.
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