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"Celebrating the arrival of the harvest season with the colors of kites and the sweetness of tradition on Makar Sakranti"

14 Jan 2023

Makar Sakranti is a popular Hindu festival that is celebrated in India and Nepal to mark the beginning of the harvest season. This festival is celebrated on the 14th of January every year, and it marks the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn).

The word "Makar" means Capricorn and "Sakranti" means transition, so Makar Sakranti is a celebration of the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn. This festival is also known as the "Kite Festival" as people fly kites to celebrate the arrival of the harvest season.

The festival of Makar Sakranti is steeped in tradition and has a deep spiritual significance. It is believed that on this day, the sun leaves its northern course and starts moving toward the equator. This is also considered to be an auspicious day for taking a dip in holy rivers such as the Ganges, Yamuna, and Godavari as it is believed that this will wash away all sins and bring blessings.

The festival is also marked by traditional rituals such as the exchange of sweets and til-gud (a sweet made of sesame seeds and jaggery) among friends and family. People also visit their relatives and friends to exchange greetings and sweets.

One of the most popular rituals associated with Makar Sakranti is the flying of kites. People of all ages come together on rooftops and open spaces to fly kites and enjoy the fun and joy of the festival. The colorful kites that fill the sky symbolize freedom and a new beginning.

Makar Sakranti is also a time for charity and donations. Many people choose to donate clothes, food, and other necessities to the less fortunate as a way to give back to society.

In conclusion, Makar Sakranti is a festival that celebrates the arrival of the harvest season and marks the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn. It is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the joys of life with traditional rituals, kite-flying, and charity.


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Very informative

-Dr. Manju Antil

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