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    Kites Fly Festival Makar Sankranti 2016


    Category: Religious | Posted :Thursday, January 7, 2016

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    Kites Fly Festival Makar Sankranti 2016

    Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying. But there is much more to this festival that is a celebration of the Winter Solstice. It is a famous Hindu festival celebrated joyously in India and Nepal. This is the only festival that falls every year on the same day as per the Gregorian Calendar, thus making it a unique preposition. 

     
    On Makar Sankranti, the sun enters the sun-sign of Capricorn or Makara (the Indian Rashi). Therefore, the 'Makar' in the name. The word 'Sankranti' signifies the movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to another. Thus, the name of the festival literally means the movement of the sun into Capricorn. This is the reason why it is specifically called Makar Sankranti. 
     
     
     
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    As the festival falls on the equinox and one of the oldest solstice, the day and night are equal on Makar Sankranti. Post the celebration of this festival; it is the official onset of spring or Indian summers when the days become longer and the nights shorter.
     
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    Though the festival marks the harvest season and is popular all over the country. It is celebrated everywhere in the north and south, east and west. Just the names are different due to the cultural diversity. Like, Pongal It is a rice dish, especially consumed by the people of Tamil Nadu. There are two types of pongal. One is sweet in taste which is known as Sakarai Pongal whereas other is salty which is made up of clarified butter. The sweet pongal is made up of rice which is first boiled using milk and later on with melted jaggery. It is prepared as prasadam in many temples. The other variation is made up of boiled rice, pepper and tamarind. It is consumed as a very common breakfast in Tamil Nadu. Other places where pongal is consumed are Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. is celebrated in the south and Lohri in Punjab and Chandigarh, Uttarayan and Maghi, Khichdi are some of the names.
     
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    It is a festival of relishing and indulging in the sweets. So, pamper your sweet tooth this festive season with til, gur, revri and gazak and let the calories take a toll. There is a popular saying which goes like this, “Til-gul ghya ani gud gud bola” it means that consume a lot of sesame seeds and jaggery and utter sweet words. Also, the intake of sweets like this is beneficial for the health during the winter season to help keep the body warm.
     
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    Makar Sankranti also observes the flying of colourful bright kites when the blue sky is adorned with beautiful kites all around. The reason behind this is believed to be quite scientific since, during the winters, people are infused with bacteria and certain germs due to non-exposure of sunlight. Hence, basking in the sun rays during the early mornings can help to reap the benefits while flying kites. Isn’t it cool?
     
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    Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh while, in the south, the difficult pilgrimage of Shabrimala ends on this auspicious day. It is believed if you die in Makar Sankranti, you will reborn and directly go to heaven.
     
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    and let your sins wash away! We wish you all a very happy Makar Sankranti! Hope you enjoy in the midst of sweets, dance, kites and celebration.
     


     

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