Makar Sankranti 2018:The festival of kites is here. Makar Sankranti is one of the most popular Hindu festivals, and also the first festival of the New Year. Sankranti marks the day when Sun transmigrates from its zodiac and moves northwards from Tropic of Cancer to the tropic of Capricorn.This year the festival will be celebrated on January 14. The festival is considered to be the day when auspicious rituals and ceremonies can be solemnised. People start preparing for the puja in the morning itself. They clean their houses and take holy dips or early oil bath before they worship the Sun. People also fly kites in the morning and take a dip in holy rivers like Ganga. It is a ritual believed to wash away sins.
The festival is dedicated to the Sun God and is a marker for new beginnings. As the sun takes a new journey and when winter begins to turn towards summer, according to Hindu Calendar. In Hindu epics it is called the Uttaarayan. In Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamah waited for the Sun to be in Uttarayan for him to die peacefully. Traditionally, Brahmins were invited to the households for a meal on this day, and were given token of gratitude in kind and/or money.
Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival in the country, India t is called by many names across the country. Its called Thai pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Maghi in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and Bhogali Bihu in Assam.
In Gujarat people start manufacturing kites in large numbers a month before Sankranti. Melas are a must during Makar Sankranti and the most famous one being the Kumbha Mela. Though Kumbh Mela is held in many places occasionally, it supposed to be held every 12 years in Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nashik. It is called the Magha Mela or mini-Kumbh Mela in Prayag), Makara Mela in Odisha and Tusu Mela in parts of Jharkhand and West Bengal.
Send your near and dear ones a heartfelt message this season. Here are a few images, wishes and greeting that you can choose from:
As the sun starts northward journey.
He makes all the happiness of throughout this year.
I wish you and your family a
Very Happy Makar Sankranti.
Mandir ki ghanti, Arti ki thali, Nadi ke kinare suraj ki lali, Zindagi me aye khushiyo ki bahar, Apko mubarak ho sankrant ka tyohar.
Happy Makar Sankranti
A beautiful, bright and delightful day,
The sun entered makar to intense its rays.
Crops harvested to brighten up the smile,
Come together and enjoy all the while.
Kites flying high to touch the happiness,
Til mangled with sweet to spread sweetness.
Time to enjoy the moment with full intensity,
A very happy prosperous Makar Sankranti
Meethe gur mein mil gaye til, Udi patang aur khil gaye dil, Har pal sukh aur har din shaanti, Aap sab ke liye laaye Makar Sankranti.
Wish You Happy Makar Sankranti