This year, Makar Sankrati is observed on Saturday, January 14, 2018.
means "to move from one place to another." The Lord
Sun makes 12 movements during the year, but this is one of
the most important transitions.
Sankranti is the day when the sun moves from Sagittarius into
Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere
(Uttarayana). This is
not a movable feast determined by the lunar calendar. Makar
Sankranti is always celebrated on January 14 on the solar
calendar to celebrate the anticipation of Spring and the return of longer days.
one of the most auspicious feast days in the Hindu culture
and celebrated in almost all parts of the country, but
the festivities might have different names and traditions.
Spring is on its way - go fly a kite!
While there are important religious connotations behind the celebration, in more practical terms Makar Sankrati is most famous as the day to go kite flying, sending hopes and aspirations skyward.
the festival, many people ceremonially bathe in rivers, with celebrations featuring thousands of
colorful prayers offered to the Lord Sun in the form of beautiful kites.
One of the more impressive celebrations is centered on the International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad - a four-day event which is perfectly timed to culminate on Makar Sankranti.
Sankranti is also known as Khichadi,
the name of the traditional Indian dish made from rice and lentils eaten
during the festival, and in Maharashtra, colorful tilguds
made from sesame seeds (til) and sugar.
is such a favorite food of the Sun God at this time of year
that the feast is sometimes called Til Sankranti. Sesame dishes
Laddoos, and Til-Polis
are eagerly devoured, and til oil is used for massages during
More about Makar Sankranti around the Web:
Sankranti - Nice overview courtesy of Wikipedia with information on different customs and celebrations, photos, and related resources.
Makar Sankranti e-Cards - Kites, kites and more kites, plus other design selections to send along with your wishes for a Happy Makar Sankranti!