Amazing  places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

Makara Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festivals celebrated across India. If you want to explore India then during Makar Sankranti you can vitness the vibrant colors of India.  Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on 15 January 2020.

So, plan your trip to explore India during Makar Sankranti festival.

Information about Makar Sankranti: let me share with you about Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious festivals in India according to the Gregorian calendar. It marks the entry of Sun in the astrological sign Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. The festival is celebrated in myriad ways, since India is a nation where different cultures and communities exist.

Different names for Makar Sankranti festival celebrated across India 

Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India but with different names like Lorhi in North India, Makar Sankranti in west India, Pongal festival is celebrated by Tamils in South India, Uttarayan celebrated in Gujarat, Maghi celebrated in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Khichdi celebrated in Uttar Pradesh  are some other names of the same festival.

This festival is celebrated to mark the first day of sun’s transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solsticeand the start of longer days. Makara Sankranti is observed with social festivities such as colorful decorations, rural children going house to house, singing and asking for treats in some areas (or pocket money), melas (fairs), dances, kite flying, bonfires and feasts. 

Makara Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly, people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins. They also pray to the sun and thank for their successes and prosperity.

A shared cultural practices found amongst Hindus of various parts of India is making sticky, bound sweets particularly from sesame (til) and a sugar base such as jaggery (gud, gur). This type of sweet is a symbolism for being together in peace and joyfulness, despite the uniqueness and differences between individuals.

Kumbha Mela is the most famous Hindu fairs held on Makar Sankranti.

Amazing  places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

These are the places should be in your list to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India.

1. Haridwar: If you are visiting Haridwar during  Makar Sankranti then I am sure you will experience Makar Sankranti festival  in extraordinary way. Haridwar is thronged by pilgrims for the most important event of the day–taking a dip in the Ganga river at an auspicious time as per the astrological signs.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

2. Gujarat: Gujarat celebrate Uttarayan which is the another name of Makar Sankranti.  This day is considered to be one of the most important harvest day in India. Many of cities in Gujarat organize kite competition between their citizens where  all the people compete with each other. In this region of Gujarat and many other states, Uttarayan is such a huge celebration that  takes place on 14 January of each year during the Makar Sankranti and continues until 15 January.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

3. Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal festival which is again the another name of Makar Sankranti. Pongal  is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God and is a four-day festival starting  from January 15 to January 18.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

4. Maharashtra: Maharashtra is one of the states that celebrate Makar Sankranti with great enthusiasm and devotion. Makar Sankranti celebrations in Maharashtra usually last three days which starts from 14 January. People clean their homes well in advance and on the day of Sankranti,they wear ethnic clothes to bring in the festivities.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

5. Assam: In Assam, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Magh Bihu by the locals which takes place on 15 January. It is a day full of feasts and festivities, and people dress up in traditional garb to celebrate the harvest season. There are delicious meals, bonfires, folk dances and community gathering on this day.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

6. Prayagraj: Prayagraj is an important destination to visit in India during  Makar Sankranti festival. It is revered as a blessed city due to the passage made by Ganga river through it. Lakhs of people bath in the river at Triveni Sangam. Prayagraj is the more attraction place for Hindu devotees and tourists to vitness Kumbh Mela which took place in Prayagraj on 15 January last year.

7. Punjab: Punjab celebrate Lorhi festival which is the another name of Makar Sankranti festival to celebrate  the harvest season for Rabi crops in Punjab. On this day, the farming community as well as the general population wears traditional festive clothes, lights up bonfires and offers peanuts, popcorn and sesame sweets as an oblation while singing Punjabi folk songs. In Punjab, the celebrations are incomplete incomplete without the beats of dhol, the bhangra and gidda dances. You will have amazing time in Punjab during this festival.

Amazing  places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

In the end I hope you like my blog and please stay tuned to my blog to know more interesting reasons to explore India. Happy Makar Sankranti to all.

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Hello everyone, I am Rahat Arora, I like to explore and capture good travel memories. Being travel lover I am also (travel blogger) through which I share my experience about places with the combination of exploring the place, culture and cuisines. So, I hope you all like my travel experience.

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