Makar Sankranti or Maghi is a festival dedicated to deity Surya. This is one of the few ancient Indian festivals that is based on the Luna cycle of the Hindu calendar. This day is observed with social festivities such as colorful decorations, singing and dancing, fairs, kite flying, bonfires and yummy treats. Many Melas are set up on Makar Sankranti such as the world-famous Kumbh Mela, that comes every 12 years.
Even though it is the same festival for the entire country, it is celebrated differently across the whole Indian subcontinent.
Here are some of the most famous places known to celebrate this day:-
1. KITE FESTIVAL, AHMEDABAD.
Since 1989, Ahmedabad has hosted this Kite Festival as a part of the official celebration of Makar Sankranti, bringing master kite makers and flyers from all over the world to demonstrate their creations and amuse the people with highly unusual kites.
You can take part in the kite flying festival and bring out the child in you. There is no age bar for this competition. Bring down some kites and join in the thrill! It’s great to see everyone take part in this fun kite flying competition and if you’re not good at it, you can cheer them on!
Witness the beautifully lit night sky at night. This is the only time in the year when the Tukkals or the floating lanterns are let off in the sky. Sit back under the open lit up sky and enjoy the breathtaking view!
2. MAKARA SANKRANTHI, KARNATAKA.
This day marks the harvest festival for farmers and so is a very big day for the people of Karnataka. The festival here consists of various rituals, but the most unique thing about it is the fact that cows and bulls are put in colorful costumes in open fields and after the procession, are made to cross a fire. This ritual is common in rural Karnataka and is called “Kichchu Hayisuvudhu”
3. MAKAR SANKRANTI, MAHARASHTRA.
In Maharashtra, Makar Sankranti is a day people exchange multi-colored halwa and other such sweets with an underlying thought to forget past ill feelings and have a healthy relationship with friends and family.
Women wear black on this day because as per legend, Lord Surya forgave his son Shani and who visited him on Sankranti.
4. MAGH BIHU, ASSAM.
Magh Bihu marks the end of the harvesting season. Young people make huts of bamboo, have a feast and then burn the huts next morning. Pot breaking and buffalo fighting are two of the rituals followed alongside this.
The places may differ on the basis of their respective ways of giving tribute, but the enthusiasm to celebrate the festival remains the same throughout the country, even though the rituals may vary.
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We wish this day leaves behind all negativity and proves to be a positive turning point for everyone!
Here’s wishing all our readers a very Happy Makar Sankranti!