Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Indian Harvest Festival

Happy Makar Sankranti to all my readers! Today is Indian Harvest Festival, it is know as Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal in different part of India.

I call this Indian festival a traditional environmental and lifestyle festival, this day 14th Jan celebrates  the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is the only festival in India which fall on the same date in the Gregorian calendar. Makara Sankranti commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon in South India.

In western India celebration of this day consist of, in morning married ladies offer prayers and do pooja of small earthen wares which hold small portions of new harvest wheat springs, carrot, sugar cane, chickpea springs, Indian Jujube etc. And these pots are shared with other ladies after pooja. This signifies prosperity, sharing and happiness. Sweets made of sesame and jaggery are distributed amongst each other to mark change in food habits and intake of nourishing and rich food in winter. While exchanging these sweets as tokens of goodwill people greet each other with the words 'Accept this til-gul and utter sweet words’.

During the day kids and most of families fly beautiful and colorful kites The act stands as a metaphor for reaching to their beloved God. Kites are always most fun part of this festival and many kids get grant from their parents to stay on terrace whole day to fly kites :).

Now that you know about this festival, here is Wishing you all Happy Harvest Festival!

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