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Festivals - Makar Sankranti
 
Sankranti, Sankranthi, Makar Sankranti or Makar Sankranthi is a celebrated on January 14th.

It is also celeberated as Pongel, Lohri, Bhogali Bihu.

Sankranthi is a day of month when sun moves from one Zodiac sign to other. It is derived from word - Sat + Kranti means good change or auspiciios movement. It also signify change. Sankranti is considered an auspicious day. Makar means Capricorn. On this day sun moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn.

Sankranti vs Makar Sankranti

Sankranti is once in a month. Makar Sankranti is celebrated once in year.

Makar Sankranti in India

The festival is celebrated in every parts of India.

Pongal in South India

The festival is known as Pongal in south India specially in Anadhra Pradesh or AP. The festival is celebrated for 3 days. People wear new cloth, exchange gift. Rangolis (colorful decoration) are made at each home.

In Karnataka and Tamilnadu too Makar Sankranti is celebrated with equal enthusiasm. Farmers celebrate the harvesting of Sugar cane.

Makar Sankranti in Western India

In Western India - Rajasthan, Gujrat, Maharashtra it is a very special festival.

In Rajasthan, Gujrat a kite festival is organized. The kite season starts before Sankranti. On Jan 14, kite festival is celebrated full day. It is an official Kite day. Gujrat even organize international kite festival on this day. People reach to open areas or roof of their home. Colorful and various shape kites are flown.

In Gujrat Makar Sankranti is also known as Uttarayan

Lohri in North India

In North India - Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal - people make Khicdi in morning. Kichdi is made of rice and dal (lentils). Families first donate Khichdi to temple/priest and then eat it in breakfast. The cities where holy river Ganga flows such Allahabad, Haridwar - people take bath in river. In Ahmedabad, Magh Mela (a fair) starts on Jan 14 morning.

Northern India also celebrate Lohri on night of Jan 13. Lohri denote the end of winter. People use bon fire and dance. People eat Jaggary sweets (called Gajak, Rewari), peanuts while seating near the fire.

Bhogali Bihu in Eastern India

In Bengal people celebrate this on Holy river Ganga. A Mela called "Ganga Sagar" is held on bank of river Ganga. In Assam festival is called - Bhogali Bihu

Not only i Eastern India, the festival is celebrated in neighboring eastern countries such as Myanmar, Thailand.

There are different cultures in different states of India. Sankranti brings joy for all states. It brings whole India together.

Farmers who grow sugar cane in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab celebrate harvest of Sugar Cane. all states where River Gange is - people take holy bath.

Happy Makar Sankranti, Happy Pongal, Happy Lohri, Happy Bhogali Bihu!!


Makar Sankranti Recipes

In India, festivals are celebrated with much fervor and gusto. In this country, the word 'festival' is synonymous with the word delicious food. There is no celebration considered complete unless and until rich food is served among friends, family and relatives. The festival of Makar Sankranti is also not different from the other Indian festivals. Lots of cooking takes place on this day as well. Makar Sankranti is an harvest festival celebrated all around India and what harvest festival goes on without delicious and mouth watering food.

In our related section, we have listed recipes of some mouth watering dishes, which can be easily prepared on Makar Sakranti. One of these dishes is 'Bandaru laddu' - a famous Andhra sweet dish, the mere mention of which is enough to make one crave for it. Then another one is 'Ariselu' which is a popular delicacy of South India. Any occasion is good enough to make 'Ariselu'. The procedure is slightly elaborate and time-consuming,. The last one is the `Kajji Kaayalu', another mouth watering delicacy that is made with a sweet stuffing.

Ariselu
Festivals in India don't come alone. Rather, they bring with them wonderful and delicious food items. Every festival has some special dishes associated with it, without which the celebrations are incomplete. Thinking of any festival without a sweet dish is simply impossible. Makar Sankranti is another festival that is known for some special dishes related to it.

Kajji - Kaayalu
In India, a festival comes with a lot of delicious dishes. No celebration is considered complete unless and until rich food is served amongst friends, family and relatives. The festival of Makar Sankranti is also not different from the other Indian festivals; many scrumptious food items are cooked and served on this day.

Bandaru Ladoo
The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated across the country of India. Being the harvest festival that it is, how can its celebrations be complete without delicious and mouth watering food. In fact, on this day, lots of cooking takes place and delicious food is served. Bandaru ladoo is one of those mouth watering dishes which are made on this day.
 
 
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