Khichdi Also called Makara Sankranti, Maghi, Magh Bihu, Lohri, Pongal.
*Significance - Festival of Harvest, welcoming longer days, Sun worship.
*Celebration - Doing Pooja, feast and flying Kite.
MAKAR SANKRANTI is a seasonal observance as well as a religious celebration. It's a festival for farmers as the harvesting is complete and they come together to celebrate it. Makar Sankranti is known as KITE FESTIVAL in many parts of the country. It's also a festival of celestial significance as the sun begins its northward journey and enters the sign of Makar from the topic of cancer. The festival marks the beginning of 6 months auspicious period for Hindus known as UTTARAYAN period. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in many parts of South Asia with some regional variations.
The festival is celebrated on 14th Jan and is possibly the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day each year with just a few exceptions. As the festival is celebrated in winters, food prepared in this festival is made to keep the body warm and gave energy. Laddu of til made with jaggery is the festivals speciality. This festival also honours and pay respect to MAA SARASWATI - Goddess of knowledge.
As per our Indian culture, this event leads to the beginning of an auspicious phase marking the arrival of spring.
The festival also called uttarayan, as the sun begins its northward journey from this day. Hindus revere the Sun God as a symbol of divinity and wisdom. The days become longer and warmer compared
to the night, after this transition.
Festival of til - gul-
Til-gul laddoos are the eatables or these laddoos are distributed on MAKAR SANKRANTI (KHICHDI) to spread love and joy.
If Diwali is incomplete without Kaju Barfi, then no Makar Sankranti celebrations are ever complete without its round of til(sesame)and gur (jaggery) delicacies. In fact, til and gur are much more than just festive ingredients as they have a strong cultural and significant link with Sankranti celebrations.
'Til, gud ghya ni god god bola', is a common expression used to greet family and guests in Marathi households during Sankranti celebrations. The expression literally means "Eat til and gur and speak well." Til and gur are two of the most commonly consumed foods in winters. In the winter-y days preceding Sankranti, families prepare delicacies made of til and gur like, gajak, chikki and til ka laddoo. Their longer shelf life makes it possible to store the snacks for a long period of time. Since time immemorial, til and gur have played their significant role
Kitе-flying celebration -
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