Makar Sankranti Festival 2019

Makar Sankranti Festival 2019

Makar Sankranti 2019 Date: Tuesday, January 15

Makar sankranti Festival 2019

Sankranti is a popular harvest festival out of the many harvest festivals in India and is based on solar Calendar. This festival indicates the end of the winter season and beginning of the harvesting season. Sankranti falls on the 14th of January every year, and this is widely celebrated all over India. The legends that support this festival are that the Sun God visits its sun on the day of Sankranti. Also, this festival also represents the ending of evil and the control of good.

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On this day people take a dip in the sacred rivers of Ganga to purify themselves and to liberate their forefathers. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and with high spirits. People offer prayers to the Sun God, by flying kites. By flying kites it symbolises the devotees reaching out to the sun. People fly kites and there are competitions organised for the kite flying. Also Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and wisdom is paid respect on the day of Sankranti.

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In the southern part of India, Makar Sankranti is a four day long celebration, and each day is celebrated with happiness. People decorate their houses with Mango leaves, and make sweets with sesame seeds. A rice dish that is very famous is consumed on Makar Sankranti called Pongal.

People buy kites of every size and shape, and the kites are flown all over. The skies are filled with colourful kites and the skies are worth watching on the day of Sankranti. In some rural areas, there is cock fights organised and the cock that loses becomes part of the meal.

Makar Sankranti is celebrated in great style all over India, with different regions following different traditions according to what their ancestors had followed. This day is celebrated to ward off all the old things, and bringing in new changes in ones life.

Makar Sankranti 2019 Date: Tuesday, January 15

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