Festival’s Official name: Makar Sankranti, Also called Sakrant, Sangrant
Celebrated by: Hindus, Indians
Type Seasonal, Traditional
Significance of Makar Sakranti: Festival of Harvest
Celebrated on: Jan. 14 by Kite flying Celebrations
See : Makar Sankranti Greetings, Makar Sankranti SMS
Makar stands for Capricorn & Sankranti words stands for transition. Every month there is sakranti, as sun shifts from 1 zodiac sign to another. As there are 12 zodiac signs, so 12 sakranti’s too. Every sankranti has got their relevant significance but 2 most important sakranti’s are: Mesh Sankranti & Makar Sankranti. Makar Sakranti is more important. During Makar Sakranti, sun transits from Sagittarius sign to Capricorn. From Makar Sakranti, auspicious days for higher world’s attainment are highly considered among people.
On Makar Sankranti, Gayatri Mantra, is chanted, so Sun God, bless all with aptitude & wisdom. Sun not only symbolize God but also symbolizes personification of knowledge & wisdom.
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Makar Sankranti festival is celebrated all through India with the name of harvest festival. These way humans perform thanks-giving rites to elements of nature that help human.
During this time farmers bring their harvests to their home. In North India, people considered Kumb Snan to be auspicious on this day. They eat Khichri & give it as charity too. People even distribute (give daan) rice & lentils to poor & needy people.
As period of 6 months, after Makar Sakranti is considered auspicious to attain higher world, so Puranas describes that on Makar Sakranti Sun visit his son Shani’s house, who is rule (swami) of Makar Rashi (Capricorn sunsign). Although these father-son (sun-saturn) duo can never be seen getting along nicely with each other, but despite this fact, they meet up on this point.
Call this Pongal, Lohri or Sankranti, these festivals actually conveys similar message- the bonding of brotherhood & spirit of 1ness should exist regardless of all odds. But very rare people send makar sankranti wishes through makar sankranti greetings, sankranti sms. | Source: Ganpatinews.com
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