Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Prez greets nation on eve of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal

Happy Lohri And Makar Sankranti Tejaswi Prakash And Other TV Stars Recall Favourite Festive Memories Tejaswi Prakash in Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 17:04

Meanwhile, people across North India, celebrate the festival of Lohri, marking the onset of spring. But Makar Sankranti is a festival which falls on the same day every year as it follows the solar calendar.

Kite-flying is popular in the early hours of the day as the early morning sun is considered beneficial for the skin, which is thought to be important to ward off winter sickness. Facebook friend CV Prakash informs that in his school in Vishakhapattanam, the festival was celebrated with great ferour. For the records, it is celebrated on 14th of January each year.

Makara Sankranti (also known as Makar Sakranti or Sankranthi) is a mid-winter festival that takes place in India and Nepal.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu extended greetings to the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu and Uttarayan. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India. The main deity who is worshipped during the festival is Lord Indra, who is the God of rain in Hindu mythology.

Makar Sankranti activities include offering food to Surya to honour him for the season ahead. The word "Til Gud" originated from Maharashtra, where people go by the tradition of wishing everyone by saying, "Til gud ghya ani goad goad bola" which suggests people to be as sweet with words, just like the ingredients, signifying a bond to spread sweetness.

The word "Sankranti" means the movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to another, so indicating the start of the sun entering Capricorn known as "Makar" in Indian. Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti being the most important ones.