Makar Sankranti FESTIVAL india 2023

  • Type:Cultural
  • Dates:14-Jan to 15-Jan-2023
  • Location:All Over India

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Makar Sankranthi is the most chilled festival held in India in the spring. Spring is the most pleasant of all seasons. Pleasant weather, calm winds, and sunny weather accompany it. These, in total, make spring the perfect season to grow crops and sustain high crop yields. Makar Sankranti is observed to celebrate the harvest. The Kumbh Mela is also celebrated during this period. It is conducted at an interval of 12 years.

Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the constellation of Capricorn. Food is one of the most essential and beneficial sources of energy for human life and sustains all forms of life. The Northern states of India are blessed with fertile alluvial soil. This festival is celebrated with greater pomp in the northern states for this very reason. Makar means Capricorn, and Sankranti means transition, which makes Makar Sankranti means the sun's transition in the Capricorn. It is a festival of togetherness and delicacies. The main cuisine of this festival is a dish made of Til and jaggery that add spark to the festival. The different part of the country celebrates this festival differently and calls it by different names.

HISTORY OF MAKAR SANKRANTI

Makar Sankranti's presence can be dated back to the early years of the Mahabharata. Makar Sankranti or Magah in the famous epics of Mahabharata. The devotees begin their days with a Surya Namaskar and take dips in the cold waters of the Ganga. Ardent devotees take the dips to wash off the sins that they might have committed in their lives. It is also a belief that taking a dip in the holy 'Triveni Sangam' (the point where three holy rivers met, namely Ganga, Yamuna, and the Brahmaputra) at Prayagraj on Makar Sankranti during the time of 'Kumbh Mela' has great importance. It is believed that at this time, if you take a holy dip in the river, then all your sins and obstacles in life will wash away with the flow of the river. Charity is also an important part of the festival. Donating wheat, rice, and sweets to the needy and poor is part of the festival. It's a belief that one who donates with an open heart then God will bring prosperity and happiness in his life and remove every difficulty from the person's life.

RITUALS AND CELEBRATIONS OF MAKAR SANKRANTI

The ardent devotees begin their days with a Surya Namaskar and take dips in the cold waters of the Ganga to wash off the sins they might have committed. It is also a belief that taking a dip in the holy 'Triveni Sangam' (the point where three holy rivers met, namely Ganga, Yamuna, and the Brahmaputra) at Prayagraj on Makar Sankranti during the time of 'Kumbh Mela' has great importance. Charity is also an important part of the festival.

KEY ATTRACTIONS OF MAKAR SANKRANTI

  • Kite festival
  • Makar Sankranti rice pudding
  • New clothes
  • New rice
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FAQs about Makar Sankranti Festival

Q.How old is the ritual of celebrating Makar Sankranti?
Makar Sankranti's presence can be dated back to the early years of the Mahabharata. Makar Sankranti or Magah in the famous epics of Mahabharata.
Q.What is the main dish of Makar Sankranti?
The main cuisine of this festival is a dish made of Til and jaggery.
Q.What items are included in the charity of Makar Sankranti?
The charity of Makar Sankranti includes a donation of wheat, rice, and sweets to the needy and poor.
Q.What is the famous game played on the occasion of Makar Sankranti?
Kite festival is a famous game played on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Mahashivratri Vrat ritual is followed by Indian women to pray for the long life of their husbands.