Makar Sankranti 2020
Makar Sankranti Meaning
This is the day when Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. This is a sacred day for the Hindus and they celebrate it with great pomp and enthusiasm.
Makar is the Sanskrit zodiac name for the sign Capricorn. And Sankranti means the transition of the Sun from one Zodiac to another one.
Every ready may ask a question. Why do we celebrate Makar Sankranti? We celebrate Makar Sankranti to mark the day as the transition of the sun to the Makar, marking the end of the month.
History of Makar Sankranti
The mention of this festival is in the Rigveda which dates more than 5000 years. The day marks the beginning of the auspicious six-month period known as Uttarayana.
This period of time is considered to be very special for ritual practices. Many devotees take a dip in the sacred Ganges.
The history of Makar Sankranti is very special. Every year Indians(mostly) celebrate Makar Sankranti with devotion towards the Sun god.
They make sweets and dishes out of sesame as sesame warms the body and helps to work even in the cold winter of January. The sesame also symbolizes peace, joy, and unity.
Makar Sankranti and Kite Flying
There is a very old tradition to fly kites on the eve of Makar Sankranti. There is a reason behind this tradition. The morning of Makar Sankranti is a very cold one. Flying kites in the morning sun will give your body the most important Vitamin D. Moreover, Makar Sankranti is marked as the beginning of the spring season.
Wearing black on Makar Sankranti
The main significance of wearing black colour on this day is that astrologically on this day. The sun enters into Makar Rashi( Indian zodiac sign) which usually happens usually on 14th or 15th of January.
Both the Sun & Makar yeild good, warmth & auspicious blessings which work throughout the year. The black colour which is otherwise regarded as inauspicious by most Hindus is worn on this day to fight back evil.
On the other hand, looking all its positive perspective it’s significance is to protect oneself confidence, self-control & power.
There is a tradition of wearing black clothes on this day, particularly in Maharashtra, India. The black colour is given special importance during Makar Sankranti as black coloured sesame til or Ellu is distributed among friends and relatives.
The main reason why black colour and til is used because it is widely believed that sesame contains properties that keep the body healthy & warm as Sankranti falls during the winter period.
It marks the end of the winter month and the start of summer. And another reason is that Makar Sankramana Swaroopa or the personified deity associated with Makar is black in colour.
Date of Makar Sankranti 2020
Makar Sankranti in 2020 will fall on Wednesday, 15th, January. It is unusual but some year the day is shifted by a day or two. Usually, it falls on 14th or 15th, January.
Makar Sankranti is one of the very few festivals that celebrate according to the solar calendar. So, the chances of Makar Sankranti to fall on the day every year is nearly one in one. Only sometimes it gets shifted by a day or two.
Makar Sankranti Festival Information
Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival in most of the states in India. This festival marks the harvesting of the new crop.
Makar Sankranti Poems
Makar Sankranti is such a festival that many poets have described it in their masterpieces. Nowadays, a tradition has begun to have poetry nights on Makar Sankranti.
Traditions in India which are famous
People of Maharashtra wear black clothes on the day of Makar Sankranti. Usually, it is a taboo for Hindus to wear black on an auspicious day but on Makar Sankranti they wear black happily.
This tradition exists because of the cold. The black color absorbs the heat of the sun and keeps the body warm. So, people wear black clothes on Makar Sankranti 2020.
Makar Sankranti is a unique festival which contributes a lot to society. It affects human health in a positive way. People from each caste celebrate this festival in their own style which is really nice.
Makar Sankranti is one of the best festivals in India.
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