The joy and happiness of the festival seasons are slowly getting subdued. The traditional preparations, practices and rituals are getting curtailed. Like for this Makara Shankranthi, everything is available readymade, including the sweets, pooja items, and the small gift sets, so nobody has to make anything at home. This takes away the joy and efforts put into getting things ready for the festival. Visiting elders or going to a temple is practiced by some, rest just while the time, watch a movie or go out like a Sunday day out. I think it is the changing times and changing priorities, we need some elders in each family to actively encourage at least some of the younger couples and families to continue the traditional festivities so that it doesn't loose it's relavance.