It is the first Hindu festival of the year after happy New Year of the freshly started year; on this day, the sun penetrates the Capricorn zodiac sign, which marks the end of long and cold nights of winter solstice into longer and dazzling days. Hence people wish each other happy maker Sankranti wishes.
This festival is celebrated by the majority of Hindus following by distinctive patterns in various states but still with the same joy, and zest people wish other religions also happy Makar Sankranti wishes.
Makar Sankranti is a festival which is celebrated in most parts of India and Nepal, but in India, as we all know, there is so much diversity it is celebrated differently in different parts of India with different names as well.
Makar Sankranti festival gives people a huge chance of wishing each a Makar Sankranti wishes. It marks the first harvest of the year and shows pantomime to farmers and our beloved mother nature, which gives us everything and praying that it still retained to us this way only.
Happy maker Sankranti is generally celebrated on 14 January but sometimes 15 January also according to the lunar calendar where sometimes Makar Sankranti wishes is given in Magha month that means January in Gregorian calendar being the festival of the solar cycle it falls on the same day (14 January) every year with little exceptions on being to happens to be (15 January) according to the solar calendar as plays a meaningful role in this festival it is dedicated to the Surya, the lord of the sun.
Different Names Of Happy Makar Sankranti And Wishes
As we early said, it is known by different names in India; hence why different names call it then it must have different stories behind too accordingly people maker Sankranti wishes will also be different.
- Happy Makar Sankranti is also known by various names Maghe Sankranti in Nepal.
- Magh sankranti in Assam
- Maghi or Lohri in Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh both for Hindus and Sikhs, Sukarat in central India.
- Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu,
- Ghughuti in Uttarakhand in Kumaon regions(ghughutiya)
- Khichadi sankranti in garhwal region
- Pedda panda in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
- Happy maker Sankranti in Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa
- Poush Sankranti in West Bengal
Mythological reasons behind celebrating Happy Makar Sankranti 2021
Happy Makar Sankranti In Most parts of India
It’s a fable that people who expire during this moment go directly to paradise. Some legends even vote that Sankranti is named after the deity who killed a demon called sankarasurar.
As it also trusted that Bhishma Pithmah chose uttarayan as his time of doom while fabricating on arrows’ reclining.
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Makar Sankranti festival is regarded as important for spiritual drill, and consequently, people take a holy descent in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, and Cauvery. The splash is believed to wash away sins.
Makar Sankranti festival naturally marks the precursory of the Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh.
Now happy Makar Sankranti in south India.
South India, in Kerala, one of the most ramrod and backbreaking peregrinate of Shabrimala, ends on this optimistic day.
As early said, it is known as Thai Pongal. This festival is celebrated by one and all as it is non-relevance to any exacting religious faith. The whole Tamil population of the world glorifies it without any differences.
Wishes of Makar Sankranti in northern India
Known as Lohri, there are some interesting socio-cultural and folk-legends connected with Lohri. According to the cultural history of Punjab, Dulla Bhatti was a man who was very popular among the poor people in his kingdom as robin hood at the time of Mughal Emperor Akbar; he used to steal from the rich and give to the poor people and needy once. He saved a little girl from a kidnapper and later treated that girl as his daughter.
Rituals and Makar Sankranti Wishes
As the festivals are celebrated differently in different parts of India, hence ritual will also be different.
Flying kites on Makar Sankranti
People from their terrace and building heights or ground level fly kites high in the blue sky; beautiful and colorful kites can be seen flying high means that your life also shines high like the kites.
This kite flying is a major event in Gujarat, especially.
Lohri: here they are followed by Sikh people majorly in Punjab and Hindus in other parts of north India though these Lohri celebrations beings one day before the happy Makar Sankranti festival where people lit the bonfire of large made of wood and log people takes a round of the bonfire and throws jaggery, rice, pulses as a gesture of offerings, and some people do the chanting while taking round and pour water and milk also as a mark of respect to the natural traditional elements, and then they celebrate by dancing the gidda and bhangra, singing also and by hugging they wish each other Makar Sankranti Wishes and pray for well beings.
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Pongal: in Tamil Nadu, the festival of Makar Sankranti wishes and celebrations go off for 4 days; the first day is called bhogi, where people burn their old things in a fire so that there is a way for new things, and the second day is called Thai Pongal where people pray to the sun god and makes sweet dishes of jaggery mainly rice and milk also and the third day is called “Mattu Pongal” this day farmers and cows are thanked for their martial to humans and then on the final day of Pongal, also known as ‘Khanum Pongal’people go out with families, to adore their family bonding.
Sweets are the main aspect of this occasion. Various kinds of sweets are prepared in different states. The popular sweets are til Ladoos (made of sesame and jaggery), sweet Pongal (made of rice and jaggery ), kheer(rice and milk), Apple (rice flour and jaggery). In some parts, they also keep fasting and have khichdi on this day.
And give these sweets to each other people wishes happy Makar Sankranti and blessed with joy and prosperity.
I hope on this Makar Sankranti or Lohri or Pongal the Sun or Surya God showers his blessings on you and your family. I pray that it marks the end of difficulties, stress, brings in goodness, joy, peace, and success in your life.