Makar Sankranti is the first Hindu festival of the year. It is celebrated across the country in different ways and the cultural significance of the festival varies geographically as we move from one state to another, with every state celebrating and welcoming the new season of harvest in their own different manner.
What makes the festival stand apart from the other Indian Hindu Festivals is the fact that the date of Makar Sankranti is fixed. Makar means Capricorn and Sankranti is transition.
The day also marks the beginning of summer and the auspicious six months period known as Uttaarayan starts from this day. The day will fall on January 15 this year. Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the Hindu god Surya (sun) and on this day, people express their gratitude to nature and its abundant resources.
What are rituals to follow on Makar Sankranti
People take a holy dip in rivers on this auspicious day because it is believed that doing so would absolve you of all your past sins. After seeking the blessing of the Sun, people enjoy sweets dishes made of jaggery and sesame, jaggery and rice pudding, etc. There is a ritual of sharing these sweets with relatives and close friends.
Here are 5 things you can do on Makar Sakranti
The day is synonymous to kite flying too. People across India are seen on their roof tops and sky fills up with colourful kites.
Prepare a good meal
No matter you celebrate a festival or not, preparing a good meal is always good on a holiday. So, for those who love cooking can definitely try their hands in trying something new today and impress their family with a delicious meal.
Spend time with your loved ones
This is the best thing that you can do today if you are doing nothing else. Our lives are such that we don’t get t spend times with our friends and family so today is your chance to surprise them by paying them a surprise visit. Also Read: Makar Sankranti- Must Avoid 5 Things To Prevent Wrath of Lord Shani
A lot of states in the country organise special melas on this occasion, from Magha mela in Uttar Pradesh, Makar mela in Odisha to Poush mela in West Bengal. Visit the mela in your city and let your kids enjoy themselves.
Since it’s winters, it is best to donate clothes and quilts. If you don’t have that kind of money to buy new clothes then you can also gift old woollen clothes that are in good condition. It won’t just help the poor souls but will make you feel better and positive as well.
Happy Makar Sankranti from Awaaz Nation- A new beginning, A new destination, With happiness or sorrow, With pain or pleasure, Happy Makar Sankranti!