Makar Sankranti 2024 | What Makes Makar Sankranti Special?

What things make Makar Sankranti special?

By Intimate Viewpoint 

Makar Sankranti is a festival celebrated annually on the 14th or 15th of January across India. It is celebrated in different states of India according to their respective customs. It is very special for all. 

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Why is Makar Sankranti special? 

What are the things that make Makar Sankranti more special?

* kites, beautiful, colorful, big, and small kites make this festival more special. This is why, children like this festival and wait for it for the whole year. The shops are decorated with kites and garlands for sale. Terreses are found crowded, and the sky is filled with kites, for this reason, the festival is also known as kite festival.

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* Dahi Chuda (Curd and flattened rice), in some states of India like Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, etc. have a custom to eat Dahi Chuda on this specific day. It is eaten with jaggery and TilKut. People start their day by eating Dahi-Chuda after taking a bath. In some homes, Dahi-Chuda is eaten throughout the day.

* Tilkut, is the most important thing of this festival. Makar Sankranti is incomplete without Tilkut. Unless Tilkut has been eaten, Makar Sankranti is considered as not being celebrated. Tilkut is made with Til (sesame) and jaggery or sugar.

Actually, eating sesame on Makar Sankranti is customary in India, hence it is eaten in a versatile way on this festival. 

* Pithaa, is a dish made with rice flour. It is basically eaten in West Bengal. Although there are a lot of varieties of Pithaa. Sometimes it is made sweet by stuffing something sweet things in it and sometimes it is made salty by stuffing something salty in it.

* Khichdi, although Khichdi is very common in India, when it is cooked at festivals it becomes special. Same like that, Khichdi becomes special, when it is cooked on Makar Sankranti.

Eating khichdi on this day is not only for tests but there is a certain reason behind it. The ingredients that are used to prepare Khichdi have their own recognition, rice is the main ingredient that relates to the moon, Urad Dal relates to Shani Dev, turmeric relates to Vrihaspati, and green veggies are related to Budh.

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