What is Makarsankranti?
Makarsankranti is the festival of Hindu religion which is celebrated every year
in the month of January. This day is especially dedicated to Lord Surya, and
this day is celebrated as the arrival of spring season. On this special day Lord
Surya is worshipped and bathing events are taking place in the major Ghats of
river. People used to believe that taking dip on this holy day helps to clean
your sins and lead to salvation known as Moksha.
This day is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam. After Makarsankranti you can
celebrate all your auspicious activities. By the term Makar we mean Capricorn
and sankranti means entering into the zodiac sign.
History of Makarsankranti
This day is celebrated when the sun the Capricorn (the zodiac sign). It is
moving from south towards north or we can say that sun is moving from tropic of
cancer to the tropic of Capricorn. This day is also considered the start up day
of the crop season. After Makarsankranti days become longer and warmer. This day
always falls on 14 January and is celebrated by every part of the world.
How to celebrate Makarsankranti
Makarsankranti is celebrated by everyone as it states the end of the winter
season by the arrival of Sun to the northern hemisphere. This festival is
celebrated with full enthusiasm as people start the day by dipping into the
water and offers their special prayers to the sun. On this special day people
enjoy the kite flying and along that they used to prepare khichadi on this day.
In north this festival is important as it marks the beginning of crop season.
This festival is celebrated by everyone but having different names attached to
In Bihar and Orissa people used to celebrate this festival as the beginning of
the harvest season. In Maharashtra people used to exchange their greeting and
made ladoo on this special day. Gujrati enjoys the kites flying and offers
chikki to the lord Surya. In tamilnadu this festival is celebrated as pongal as
they do the prayers towards sun. In Punjab people used to celebrate this
festival as Lohri as it is sign of the bringing happiness to all people.