Amazing and interesting facts about makar sakranti
Makar Sankranti is all about organization on terraces, cutting your rivals manjhas and taking the sport of kite flying to the Olympic levels. Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival, which is acclaimed virtually all parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal, has its own antiquity.. But before we go on the culture of flying kites and eating Tilguls (Sesame seed laadoos), think again as for how well do you really know this festival.
1. 1. Makar Sankranti is the only feast in India that follows the solar calendar. This is the reason why it falls on the exact same date year after year as per Georgian calendar. For the records, it is celebrated on 14th of January each year.
2. This is celebrated everywhere with different names i.e. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, lohri in Punjab, uttarayan in Gujarat, bhogali bihu in Assam, til Sankranti in bihar etc.
3. This change in date occurs because of orientation change in rotational axis of Earth.
4. The special attraction of this festival is sky full of kites but the scientific significance of this tradition is to clean our bodies from bacteria, germs and infections with the strong rays of sun, while sun finally restores its capacity after a long winter.
5. Makar Sankranti in India is usually identify with kite-flying. This tradition has long been followed not because it has any specific divine indication but because it allows people to bask in early morning sun when sun rays are gentle.
6. Hindus believe that winter brings sickness and virus and basking in the early morning sun on the day of Makar Sankranti will help them to get rid of variety of painful bacteria that live on their bodies. Kite-flying is only a mode of making this sun basking a little more attractive and fun.
7. The ancient book says that on this day lord Shiva asked Nandi (his bull) to go to earth and say people to have an oil bath every day and food once in a month, But little baffled Nandi told humans to have food every day and oil bath once in a month. As the earth will need more food now, Shiva asked Nandi to stay there and help people to harvest. Since then Hindus have been worshiping cow as a god’s gift for agriculture.
8. Makar Sankranti marks the outset of Kumbh Mela in UP, while in Kerala, Shabirmela ends on this holy day.
9. The oldest solstice festival falls on equinox day, night and day are equally long and after this, day starts getting longer and warmer. This festival is a mark of beginning of spring after winter.
10. Makar Sankranti is considered as the thanks giving of India.