About Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is one of the most favorable day for the Hindus, and is renowned in almost all parts of the country. In numerous cultural forms, with great religious observance, fervor & gaiety. The festival of Makar Sankranti usually coincides with the beginning of the Sun’s northward journey when it enters the sign of Makar Sankranti. It falls on the 14th of January every year giving to the Solar Calendar. Lakhs of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar & Prayag and pray to Lord Sun.
It is renowned with pomp in southern parts of the country as Pongal, and in Punjab is celebrated as Lohri & Maghi. Rajasthan & Gujarati not only look respectfully up to the sun. But also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of lovely kites all over the skyline. The Festival presents kite enthusiasts world-wide to the interesting beauty and cultural variety of India.
In Uttar Pradesh, Makar Sankranti is known as ‘Khichiri’. Taking a dip in the holy rivers on this day is regarded as most auspicious. A big one-month long ‘Magha-Mela’ fair begins at Prayag (Allahabad) on this time. Apart from Triveni, ritual bathing also takes place at many places like Haridwar and Garh Mukteshwar in Uttar Pradesh, and Patna in Bihar.
Makar Sankranti is a centenary which is devoted and dedicated to the sun god, Surya. Many people also take a dive in the holy waters of Ganga to commemorate the auspicious festival. In India, there are many names for Makar Sankranti for example, ankranti, such as Poush Sangkranti in West Bengal, Maghi in Himachal Pradesh, Bihu in Assam and Pongal in Tamil Nadu.
For numerous parts in India, this is the time to harvest Rabi crops. In Punjab and northern parts of India, this is the time when the farmers get ready for the seeds they had sown to grow into crops and give them business. The first crop of this season is worshipped along with other delectables such rewari and popcorn. People of the community come together and sing songs and dance around the bon fire.
Why do we celebrate it?
The chief reason to celebrate Makar Sankranti is to celebrate the harvest season. There are numerous factors which lead to this celebration. Firstly, before this the agriculturalists have sown seeds and worked the fields for a good harvest. Which gives those good occupational in the coming year. Secondly, Makar Sankranti means that from now on days are successful to be longer and the nights are going to be shorter. Thirdly, this is celebration time which is very auspicious as per the Hindu calendar.