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Makar Sankranti is a festival that signifies the beginning of the harvest season for the farmers of Indian Sub-continent. This is a harvest festival celebrated not only all over India but in other South East Asian countries as well.
Makar Sankranti has special geo-agri-economical significance to people of Indian Sub-continent. Makar Sankaranti is about transition of Sun into Capricorn on its celestial path. (Sankranti stands for transition in Sanskrit). This is significant considering Winter Solstice marking gradual increase of duration of day. Also traditionally this has been one of many (considering vastness of land and climatic variation) harvest days.
The day on which the sun begins its journey northwards is referred to as Makar Sankranti. Sankramana means ‘to commence movement’ and hence the name Makar Sankranti given to one of the largest, most auspicious, but varied festivals in the Indian Sub-continent. It is generally falls on January. Because of the geography and size of India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and position in the context of north or south of India.
Makar Sankranti is also celebrated to honour, worship and to pay respect to the mother of Intellact, Saraswati. At the start of this significant event, there is also worship for the departed ancestors. The period is also considered an ideal time for aspirants to satisfy ‘the goals of life’.
Very significant however, the day preceding Makar Sankranti is when people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. Sweets in generous quantities are prepared and distributed. Very important though, Khichari cooking is done on this occasion. Families are joined together for this occasion without fail. Brothers pay special tribute to their married sisters by giving gifts as affirmation of their filial love. The landlord gives gifts of food, clothes and money to their workforce.
On the day after Makar Sankranti, the animal kingdom is remembered and in particular, the cows. Young girls feed the animals, birds and fishes as a symbol of sharing. Makar Sankranti in this sense demonstrates their strong cultural values as well as a time for change and transformation. And finally, the Gurus seek out their devotees to bestow blessings on them.
When one examines the many rituals, rites and the piousness attached to Makar Sankranti, it is very obvious that this festival has deep spiritual significance, rooted in an unshakable divine history.