Makar Sankranti is a very important and joyful festival which is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying. On the day of Makar Sankranti, Sun starts its northward movement in the Makar Rashi (Capricorn). It is the day which marks the arrival of spring in India.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the 1st day of Magh according to Hindu calendar. It is the festival of happiness of getting new crops for formers. It also signifies the end of winter solstice. It makes days last longer than nights.
Significance of Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti has an astrological significance. On this day the sun enters to the Capricorn zodiac. Due to the precision of the Earth’s axis causes Makar Sankranti to move over ages. Almost thousand years ago, Makar Sankranti was on 31 December and is now on 14 January. It is mainly a harvest festival in India. But, apart from harvest festival it is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture. It is a holy phase of transition.
Traditions and Rituals
Makar Sankranti is a very traditional festival in India. On this day, women offer shreemangalchandika prapatti. People appreciate and wish each other as it is a festival of thanksgiving. Kids and younger ones wear new clothes, eat til-gud laddus and fly kites to celebrate this fest. People also take bath in holy rivers and start a new beginning, a new resolution and commitment.
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