India is a country of festivals. Makar Sankranti is one of the important holidays of the Hindu religion, which they celebrate with great joy and happiness. The festival is celebrated every year on January 14 or 15, depending on the solar cycle. They celebrate by making an early morning holy dive into the river and offering prayers to the sun because according to Hindu mythology, the sun is one of many gods.
The word Makar Sankranti comes from the two words Makar and Sankranti. Makar means Capricorn, and Sankranti means the transition, due to which Makar Sankranti means the transition of the Sun in Capricorn (zodiac sign). In addition, this event is a very sacred and auspicious event, according to Hinduism, and they celebrate it as a holiday.
The change of the sun in Capricorn is of divine significance, and we Indians believe that having bathed in the sacred river the Ganges will wash away all your sins and make your soul pure and blessed. In addition, this means an increase in spiritual light and a decrease in materialized darkness. From a scientific point of view, from Makar Sankranti, days are getting longer and nights are shorter.
In addition, there is also the belief that plunging into the sacred Triveni Sangam (the place where the Three Holy Rivers met, namely the Ganges, Yamuna and Brahmaputra) in Prayagraj on Makar Sankranti during the Kumbh Mela, is very good significance in religion. At this time, if you consecrate yourself in the river, then all your sins and life’s obstacles will be washed away by the stream of the river.
This is a celebration of togetherness and delicacies. The main cuisine of this festival is a dish of til and jaggery, which add sparks to the festival. Kite flying is also an important part of the festival during the day when the whole family enjoys kites, and at this time the sky is filled with many colourful and various designer kites.
Different parts of the country celebrate this holiday in different ways and call it by different names. In addition, the custom of each region is different, and each region celebrates it with its own customs. But the ultimate goal of the festival remains unchanged throughout the country, which spreads prosperity, unity and joy.
Charity is also an important part of the festival. A donation of wheat, rice and sweets to the needy and poor is part of the festival. It is a belief that one who sacrifices with an open heart, then God will bring prosperity and happiness to his life and remove all difficulties from a person’s life. For this reason, it is called Hindi in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Summing up, we can say that this is a very important festival. In addition, it is important not only from a religious point of view but also from a scientific point of view. In addition, it is a celebration of happiness and joy and communication with people. The real purpose of the festival is to respect others and live in peace and harmony with others. First of all, be nice to people just like til and bumps that combine to form a mouth-watering delicacy.