Makar Sankranti 2020: Everything You Need To Know
India is a land of varied cultures and traditions. The whole country has different festivals that are celebrated in different parts of the nation. One such festival is Makar Sankranti. Celebrated with much fervour across India, Makar Sankranti is the first major Hindu festival in the Gregorian calendar. The entire nation is gearing to celebrate the festival on January 14. This festival is celebrated on a specific day that is referred to as a solar day in the Hindu calendar.
Some important facts you need to know about Makar Sankranti:
- This festival marks the transition of the Sun into the astrological sign Capricorn or Makara. But, this holy festival also symbolizes the arrival of spring. It indicates the end of the winter and start of long days.
- This festival also marks the beginning of a six-month auspicious period of Hindus known as Uttarayana. Therefore the festival is known Uttrayan in the state of Gujarat.
- Makara Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly, people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins.
- Sun is worshipped with a haldi-kumkum ceremony and a sacred puja is held in the morning for the same.
- People also pray to the sun and thank for their successes and prosperity.
- Kite flying is one of the sports that is practised on Sankranti. Hence this festival is also known as Kite Festival.
- Delicious food is prepared on Makar Sankranti among which Til or sesame seeds laddoo is one of the traditional eateries. Again dishes also differ from state to state as the name differsakshi news)(this content