Makar Sankranti is set to be celebrated on 14th January 2018. It is the perfect way to continue the celebrations of the year that went by and also to mark the beginning of the harvest season. This holy festival is also known as the phase of transition, as from now onwards days will start becoming longer and nights will become shorter. This also means that the temperature will start rising post this festival and weather will hence become hotter.
# Makar Sankranti History
Makar Sankranti is a festival which is devoted and dedicated to the sun god, Surya. Many people also take a dip in the holy waters of Ganga to commemorate the auspicious festival. In India, there are many names for Makar S example, ankranti, such as Poush Sangkranti in West Bengal, Maghi in Himachal Pradesh, Bihu in Assam and Pongal in Tamil Nadu.
For many parts in India, this is the time to harvest Rabi crops. In Punjab and northern parts of India, this is the time when the farmers get ready for the seeds they had sown to grow into crops and give them business. The first crop of this season is worshipped along with other delectables such rewari and popcorn. People of the community come together and sing songs and dance around the bon fire.
# Why do we Celebrate it?
The main reason to celebrate Makar Sankranti is to celebrate the harvest season. There are various factors which lead to this celebration. Firstly, before this the farmers have sown seeds and ploughed the fields for a good harvest which gives them good business in the coming year. Secondly, Makar Sankranti means that from now on days are going to be longer and the nights are going to be shorter. Thirdly, this is celebration time which is extremely auspicious as per the hindu calendar.
For example, a key festival in northern India and more specifically one of the main festivals of Punjab, Lohri is a festival which is celebrated with much pomp and show. What makes this festival even more special is that it is perfectly timed with the chill on our heads and the new year which just went by. This auspicious festival is going to be celebrated on 13th January 2018. The key reason behind celebrating Lohri is the onset of the harvest season in Punjab. This is commemorated by paying respect and homage to the sun god, Surya.
Lohri is celebrated to mark the end of sowing the seeds and to celebrate the beginning of the farming season, that is reaping the benefits of all the hard work the farmers had put in. Locally, Lohri is celebrated with traditional food, folk dances, and bon fire.
Happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti!