When I think of Makar Sankranti, then the first thought that comes in my mind is “dahi-chura-tilkut”.
I have grown up watching everyone eat this on the day of Makar Sankranti.
Normally, people celebrate Makar Sankranti on the 14th of January. But, it is a Hindu festival which is celebrated on the first day of the sun’s transit into the Makra Rashi (Capricorn).
This year the decent will happen at 7:50 PM on 14th January, thus this year we will celebrate the festival on 15th January 2019.
Just like Lohri, Makar Sankranti signifies the end of winter season and the arrival of longer days. Thai Pongal, Maghi, Magh Bihu and Tila Sakrait are the different names of this festival in other parts of India.
We all know that Kumbh Mela starts annually at Prayag, Allahabad on Makar Sankranti. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a Makar Sankranti Mela is also held in Rajgir, Bihar. People take bath in the Hot Springs of Braham Kund.
Another activity that people do on this day is flying kites. Sadly, nowadays, Makar Sankranti is the only day when we see kites in the sky. I remember when we were kids, then we didn’t wait for any particular day to go on the terrace to fly kites and enjoy ourselves.
So, let’s plan our day nicely on Makar Sankranti. Start it with a breakfast of yogurt (dahi), flattened rice (chura), jaggery (gur) and sweets made of sesame seeds (til). Go out on your terrace or a park and fly the kite as high as you want. And, then end your day with the dinner of khichdi with its chaar yaar (four friends) – ghee, papad, chokha, and achaar 🙂
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