Makar Sankranti is one of the most important Hindu harvest festival days. This day, also known as Uttarayan or Maghi in Bangladesh, celebrates the sun deity Surya’s birthday. Many people celebrate this holiday by planting flowers, rakes, and other crops and distributing food to family members and neighbors. While this festival is celebrated in many countries around the world, it’s a particularly important one for Hindus.
The Hindu calendar is lunisolar, and the Makar Sankranti festival follows this. In fact, it falls on 14 January in the Gregorian calendar, and the festival is celebrated across the country. Different regions of the country celebrate the festival with different traditions and names. Traditionally, the day is a time to thank farmers for their harvest. However, in recent years, this date has moved forward a day.
While in some parts of India, Makar Sankranti is a festival marked by feasting and festivities. In some areas, women decorate their entrances with Rangoli or Muggu. In contrast, people prepare traditional Telegu food and sweets in other areas. The gangireddu (decorated bull) is a traditional dance performed on this day. The drummer and flute accompany the dance of the bull.
This Hindu festival is observed by the Sikh and Hindu communities throughout northern and central India. The festival is known as Bhogali Bihu in Assam. Those living in southern India celebrate Makar Sankranti as Pongal. While celebrating this festival is not as common as it once was, it remains an important event to remember. The sun represents prosperity and abundance, so it’s important to focus on it.
The festival also is observed by Sikhs in northern and central India. In Assam, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with food, bonfires, and kite flying. It is also the beginning of the year for many Hindus. There are many customs associated with this festival. Still, the most important ones are those that celebrate the sun and its rays. While the sun is the center of the universe, the moon is the planet Saturn.
Makar Sankranti marks the transition from winter to spring and is celebrated on 14 January each year. It’s believed that this day is auspicious for the sun as it signals the beginning of the harvest season. The sun is also revered during this festival. The mighty planets of the solar system are revered and worshipped during this festival. There are many other reasons for celebrating Makar Sankranti.
In India, this day marks the beginning of the new year. The sun starts moving northward on this day, which is considered auspicious for the Hindus. In addition to the Hindus, this day is also the first day of the month of Magha. This is a very happy day for the local tribal population. This is the day when the sun moves northward. Some rituals associated with this festival include fasting and a special bath.