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Reema Bhalla Jan 12 2015

makar sankranti in 2015

Neha Sharma Jan 12 2015
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Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival celebrated in almost all parts of India with great zeal and enthusiasm. Makar Sankranti in 2015 will be observed on 14 January.

Celebrated a day after the festival of Lohri, Makar Sankranti marks the arrival of spring. It has a great significance for Hindus, who consider it as the day of the awakening of the Gods and the start of an auspicious time.

Flowers in Spring season (by Anita Martinz)

Makar Sankranti is frequently associated with kite-flying in different parts of the country. On the day of Makar Sankranti, celebrated as Uttarayan in Gujarat, the sky is dotted with brilliantly coloured kites. The International Kite Festival is held in Ahmedabad on January 14 of every year. This is definitely an important event to look out for during Makar Sankranti in 2015.

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Kite flying on Uttarayan in Gujarat (photo by HassinaSaf)

On the day of Makar Sankranti, there is a beautiful fair organized at Triveni Sangam Allahabad called the Magh Mela, a mini Kumbh Mela, where devotees gather to take a holy dip in the Sangam and celebrate the awakening of the Gods. Plan a visit to Allahabad during this time to witness one of the biggest religious gatherings of the country. The fair will take place between 10 January to 17 February this year.

Similar gatherings are also witnessed in Varanasi, Haridwar and Garh Mukteshwar, where devotees take a holy bath in the Ganga.


Magh Mela in Allahabad (photo by Seba Dellay Sole Bossio)

Makar Sankranti coincides with Pongal, the harvest festival of south India. It is a four-day celebration and is one of the major festivals of the region. So don’t forget to plan a visit to Tamil Nadu during the month of January if you want to be a part of the festivities.

Although celebrated by different names and rituals across India, the essence of the festival is essentially the expression of gratitude to Mother Nature.


Sesame sweets on Makar Sankranti (photo by Saloni Desai)

Consumption of sweets made of sesame is a prevalent tradition in many parts of the country. It is believed that offering and consuming sesame oil and sweets on this day liberates a person of his sins. Each region of the country has a sweet dish associated with this auspicious day. In Rajasthan, pheeni is specially prepared during Makar Sankranti, while pongal is an important part of the celebration in Tamil Nadu and tilgud is the traditional sweet dish prepared in Maharashtra on this day.

For Makar Sankranti in 2015 travel to these lovely destinations in India to savour the true flavour of this auspicious day.

Find more about all the festivals in India and be part of the celebrations to add more colors to your travel experience.

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