Posted by: Gyaneshwer | January 14, 2014

Happy Makar Sakranti/Pongal/Khichadi 2014

Wish you all a very Happy Makar Sankranti/Pongal/Khichadi.

It is a festival that is celebrated all across India in different forms and styles. This is known to be the only kind of festival in India which falls on the same English calender date every year. In Maharashtra in India, the saying is  “Til gul ghya godd godd bola” literal meaning Have sweets made of til and speak with sweetness shows the importance of this festival in a different manner.

Scientifically, this is the time when Sun proceeds towards the northern hemisphere. This is also the time when nature take us towards light away from darkness. Various Indian states celebrate this special Indian festival in their own ways. Maharashtra has women wearing black sarees throughout the month and offering Haldi KumKum and til gud. North India (including western part)  is very famous for the Kite Festival during Sankranti and also they take bath in river ganga. They do prepare a kind of ‘Khichadi’ which in our childhood we wait for the whole year to eat! It is believed here that similar to the kite, we should progress towards greater heights.

Tamil Nadu celebrates Sankranti as Pongal. They make sweet rice made out of rice, lentils and jaggery and bake it in huge pots and shout Pongal O Pongal. In Rajasthan, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Makar Sankrat . Shimla celebrates Magha Saaja and it is Suggi in Karnataka.

Thus Makar Sankranti provides us with such an ambiance of joy, vibrance and ecstasy. It is interesting to see the entire country come together in joyous celebrations during this time and take back memories of yet another beautiful year to look forward to. Till then Til Gul Ghya Godd Godd Bola! Happy Makar Sankranti!

Gyaneshwer on behalf of Indian Society in Estonia

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