Makar Sankranti- A day to celebrate indigenous traditions

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The sparkling festivals symbolize the different cultures and heritage across the length and breadth of this beautiful country. Makar Sankranti holds significance as the first festival of the year 2022. Every state in India has a distinct way of celebrating this festival. The people of India are ready to embrace the festive season full of joy and splendour. It’s the time of the year to appreciate traditional values, soak up in pompous celebrations and indulge in sweets. Above all, the richness of the festival lies in the unique customs followed in the different states. People celebrate this festival in various forms like Uttarayan, Lohri, Suggi Kabba, etc., across India. 

Astronomical significance of Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti notices the end of winter and welcomes the arrival of spring. Makar and Sankranti can be translated into Capricorn and transition respectively., The festival is associated with the astronomical phenomena of the sun entering into the Capricorn. So, it is a rare festival in India that follows the solar cycles.  

Celebrating agricultural background

India is where the harvest festivals emphasize the importance of attaining self-sufficiency in food. A beautiful occasion to celebrate the agricultural history of the country. Different weather patterns and countrysides in India yields several staple food crops. People, especially, the farmers pray to the Sun God for a plentiful harvest. Makar Sankranti is a suitable day to express gratitude and generosity. Therefore, Makar Sankranti urges everyone to accept sustainability in all walks of life. Similarly, Thai Pongal in Tamilnadu is observed for four days and has a long history. Travellers from different parts of the world visit the rustic villages of Tamilnadu to enjoy the traditional bull-taming festival. 

Brings people together

People gather and hope for this harvest season to bring prosperity and happiness. Flying kites, sharing divine sweets, taking a holy dip, harvesting crops, performing folk arts are the popular celebrations during Makar Sankranti. Different ethnic backgrounds in India rejoice in the harvest festival. Above all, people exchange food items with their dear ones. Also, share greetings to welcome fresh beginnings and ignore the gloomy thoughts.  

Enjoy a festive feast

Makar Sankranti is the time to celebrate the culinary tradition of India. Prepare and relish the satiating dishes that make the celebration more colourful. People love their Ladoo, Poli, and Sweet Pongal on this special occasion. Therefore, decorate your houses with local flowers, sit together with your family and neighbours and savour sumptuous food.

Let this harvest season drench everyone in pure joy!

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