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    Meaning of Makar Sankranti

    Makar Sankranti is a festival of harvest. This festival celebrates almost all parts of India at 14th January every year. According to Indian astrological view this day the sun enters into Capricorn zodiac. That means the movement of the sun into one zodiac to another. But it has other various meanings. On this occasion, the citizen of my state bath in nearest rivers and pray to the God sun. What are the meanings of Makar Sankranti in particular states
  • #509992
    The day is said to have marked the end of Winter and the arrival of spring in India.

    Scientifically, in the northern hemisphere, Sun's transition from Sagittarius to Capricorn takes place during the winter solstice. Henceforth Sun resumes its journeys northward. This is known as Makar sakranti. The days gradually become lengthier.

    In West Bengal we celebrate the festival with rice-cakes (different kind of PITHE-PULI) and here we call it POUSH-SANKRANTI.

  • #510024
    The day on which Sun begines his northword journey to 'Uttarayan' from 'Dakshinayan' is called Makara sankranti. This is a harvest festival. On this day Pongal is made from new rice and presented to God.This is because in olden days most of the farmers were growing Paddy in South India. So, before selling it they used to present to God. In the epic 'Bhagavatha' it is mentioned as the day when Krishna and Balaraama went to Mathura and killed 'Kans'.
    In Karnataka, women go to their friends' & relatives' homes and exchange Sesame and Joggery(Ellu-Bella) with them. Sesame is bitter and joggery is sweet. So, it is exchanged to indicate that happiness and sadness both are natural in life and one has to accept them equally. We also make pongal (which is called Akki Huggi in Kannada).
    So, like this we celebrate this festival.
    Happy Makar Sankranti to all.

  • #510062
    In addition to what Sudipto Ghosh has said I would like to mention a few more things about Poush Sankranti.

    In many villages across the state alpona is made in front of their houses. Alpona is similar to rangoli but in it the entire design is made using rice paste.

    In many tribal villages they have festivals for three days during which they all get together and celebrate it in a big way.

    Many fairs are also held on this day and the main attraction as already mentioned is Pithe-Puli.

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