MAKARSAKRANTI FESTIVAL

In Sanskrit it means movement of sun from one zodiac sign to another. It represents the period of happiness, illumination and affluence.
A major harvest festival to the land of festivals, india. It is celebrated on the day of fourteen of January every year with great enthusiasm. Traditionally this festival signify that the length of day and night remains the same. It also signifies the end of inauspicious phase , welcoming of summers. It is known with different names in different states that is it is in tamil nadu it is called pongal. In himachal Pradesh it is called ‘maghi’.
This festival marks as an remainder that we need to craft our present and future in conscious manner. is a legend associated with this festival which says, one day lord shiva sent nandi(his bull) to earth and say to people to have a oil bath once in a month, but little confused nandi went to earth and told people to have food everyday and oil bath once in every month, so by saying this earth needs more of food now, then lord shiva ordered nanadi to saty there and help people to harvest. Since then people worship cow as a god’s gift for agriculture.
People enjoy this festival by flying kites, as it was considered it exposes to many health benefits. The rays of sun helps to protect from various skin diseases. The special cuisine includes seaseme and jaggery’s laddos .On this occasion people get up early and take their holy bath, wear new clothes and share gifts and sweets among their dear friends.
Kumb mela one the most pious event in the life of hindu’s history starts just after maker sakranti. Devotees from all over the world comes to take a dip in the holy ganga to wash off their sins. This festival also marks to pay honours devi sarvswati-goddess of knowledge.

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