The first festival of the year—Makar Sankranti—is here, along with a hoard of diversified festivals celebrated all over India with unique regional flavours. The North is celebrating Lohri, while the South celebrates Pongal; the East is engaged in Poush Sankranti in Bengal, and Magh Bihu in Assam, whereas the Western states of Rajasthan and Gujarat are busy flying kites. It is also the time for the Kumbha Mela. An ancient festival based on the solar cycle, Makar Sankranti is mainly a harvest festival, honouring the Sun god, as the Sun starts its northward journey, marking the last day of winter solstice and advent of longer days. Here are some interesting tips to make the first festival of the year memorable—
Kite flying is the most acclaimed means of entertainment during Makar Sankranti. What could be more memorable than making your kites with your own hands and stand out from the crowd? It could be a fun activity to perform where the young, adults, and seniors of the household can together take part. The main essence of Makar Sankranti lies in the spirit of camaraderie and brotherhood and what could elicit more bonding goals than collective kite making and then engaging into kite-wars with your handmade kites? So grab some papers, colours, and sticks, follow some easy DIY steps and plunge into the festivities.
Bonding over Food—
Makar Sankranti is a delightful time for foodies and sweet-tooths. It is the time for til-gul laddoo, Pitha-Puli-Payesh, halwa, kheer, jaggery—a festival of feasts and bonfires. To keep the spirit of the festival enkindled, let go of negativities, welcome the beginning of a new friendship. To make this even more special, why not bond over food? Every state has its own special delicacies for the festival and preparing those together, having grand feasts accompanied by music and dance is sure to be remembered. You could even have competitions out of them! After all, the gateway to the heart is through the stomach!
Among all the festivities and fun, spare some time to donate. Makar Sankranti is associated with discarding all the old and unwanted things from life to make way for new beginnings. Instead of burning old objects in bonfires, you could donate them to the needy to make this year special not only for them but for you as well. Scriptures say that donations on this day are known to return by a hundredfold. You could witness this saying coming true when you see the twinkling eyes and light up faces of the recipients.
Decorating the house with rangoli is another fun-filled ritual of Makar Sankranti. This year add a special twist to your designs with a touch of nature. Instead of using artificial colours, use natural ingredients like flowers, colourful pebbles, leaves, seeds, cereals! You could use organic colours/gulal as well. This would be a very special activity to evoke eco-friendliness at the very beginning of the year.
These simple and fun tasks will definitely ensure a perfect beginning to the year and pave the way for more exciting festivals to come and fill our life with colours, joy, and laughter.