Interesting Facts About Makar Sankranti
One of the few Indian festivals that falls on the same day every year according to the Calendar:
Makar Sankranti is the festival of kites and Til Laddus and Chikkis is here and all are busy cutting the manjha of other kites, immense devotion and cheerfulness.
Makar Sankranti is among the most auspicious occasions for the Hindus and it is celebrated in almost all parts of India. It is a harvest festival and celebrated in many cultural forms with immense devotion,enthusiasm and joyfulness. The festival is celebrated on 14th January and is possibly the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day each year. The festival is highly regarded by Hindus from North India down in South India. The various festivities of the different states are the main attractions. In rural and coastal areas Cock fights are held as an important event of the festival. On this auspicious occasion people buy new clothes and accessories, many online stores are giving Offers in this occasion, buy from Myntra, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Jabong and many more.
Why is it called Makar Sankranti:
The day of Makar Sankranti is considered to be the auspicious and meritorious. The festival of Makar Sankranti marks the change of the Sun into Makara Rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path,which is the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice and is the first day of the month of Magha.
Same Festival with different name:
The festival is predominantly a harvest festival and it is celebrated throughout India, from North to South and East to West .The day is also known by various names and various traditions are witnessed as one of the experiences the festival in different states. Makar Sankranti is considered as one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus. The southern parts of India also celebrated the festival as Pongal and in Punjab as Lohri , Uttarayan ,Maghi ,Khichdi are some other names of the same festival.
Lady of Til (Sesame) made with Jaggery is the festivals speciality :
Makar Sankranti is the festival of til and gud , where sesame and jaggery Laddus and Chikkis are distributed among all. They are generally accompanied by the saying, ‘eat these sesame seeds and jaggery and converse sweet words’. The festival is one of bonding where every member of society is asked to live in peace. Thus, by distributing sweets, everyone is asked to spread happiness around. Also, since the festival falls in winter, eating of sesame and jaggery is considered beneficial to health. Thus, it is specifically this sweet, that is distributed as it signifies bonding and good health. The food prepared in this festival is made to keep the body warm and give energy. Lady of Til (Sesame) made with Jaggery is the festivals speciality. The festival of Makara Sankranti also honors and pays respect to the Saraswati Goddess of Knowledge. Makara Sankranti represents a period of illumination, peace, affluence and happiness.
The festival is celebrated differently in different parts of India. Thousands of people taking a dip in the river Ganga and pray to the Sun God .In South India, Kerala, one of the most austere and pilgrimages of Shabrimala ends on this auspicious day. Other parts of the country too, celebrate by taking a dip in the holy rivers flowing through states to cleanse themselves of sins. It is also believed that if anyone die during Makar Sankranti, not reborn but go directly to heaven.
Fly kites on Makar Sankranti:
There is a very interesting motive behind the kite flying. Kite flying in ancient days was generally done in the early hours of the morning, when the sun’s rays were bright but not too harsh. Also, during the kite flying, a human body was exposed to the sun for long hours. The early morning sun rays are considered beneficial for the skin and the body. Since winter is also the time of a lot of infections and sickness, by basking in the sun, Hindus believed that the bad bacteria on their bodies would be clear to a certain extent. Creating a fun way of sun basking where no one would even realize they were reaping benefits was through kite flying. It stands as a metaphor for reaching to their beloved God.
Melas and Fairs:
Many Melas and fairs are also held on Makar Sankranti. The most famous among them is the Kumbh Mela which is held at every 12 years at one of the four holy places , namely Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nashik. The Magh Mela (mini-Kumbh Mela) held once a year at Prayag, the Gangasagar Mela (held at the head of the Ganges River), Tusu Mela in parts of Jharkhand and WestBengal , Makar Mela in Orissa, etc are some of the other fairs celebrated on this day.
Day and night are equal:
As Makar Sankranti is one of the oldest solstice festivals and falls on the equinox, day and night on this day are believed to be equally long. Post the festival, it is officially the onset of Indian summer and the days become longer, and nights shorter.
It is time for all of us to begin a life which is full of transparency, knowledge and wisdom. On this auspicious day, we have a list of the best for this day. Wish you all a very Happy Makar Sankranti. The Sun Rises With New Hop Kites Fly With All Denoting Hope, Joy And Abundance Happy Makar Sankranti.
May This Festival Bring In The Promise Of A Good Harvest Sweetness of Pongal Brightness Of The Sun joyfulness, Hope And Happiness Happy Sankranti.