Know the history, the meaning of “kite festivals”
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Makar Sakranti is one of the most auspicious festivals of Hindus. It is considered to be one of the first major festivals to be celebrated in a year. This year, the Makar Sakranti festival will be celebrated on January 14, 2022. On this day, the sun enters Capricorn and it is therefore called Makar Sakranti. However, he is also known as Uttarayan and Khichdi in some places.
Makar Sakranti 2022: History
According to legends, Lord Surya is said to visit his son Shani’s house on the same day. This is called the “father-son” encounter. Meanwhile, others also believe that the day marks the victory of Lord Vishnu over the Asuras is also celebrated during the festival.
Furthermore, there are twelve Sankranti in the year, among which Makar Sankranti is of the utmost importance. There is a change in the speed of the Sun on the exact day of the year. In the Uttarayan period, the days get longer and the nights get shorter.
Makar Sakranti 2022: the importance
Makar Sankranti is considered important for spiritual practices and hence people bathe in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri. The bath is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins. They also pray to the sun and thank it for their success and prosperity.
Makar Sakranti 2022: How India celebrates the festival
The festival itself is celebrated in different styles across the country and it is also known by different names. On Makar Sankranti, it is customary to offer Khichdi at the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. From this day, the Magh Mela is also organized in Prayagraj. Maghi is another name for Makar Sankranti.
During this time, he is known as Paush Sankranti in West Bengal. In Gujarat, people celebrate Uttarayan with kite festivals and observe quickly. In Assam, Bihu is commemorated and people rejoice in the reward of new harvests and prepare a variety of dishes.