Festivals are an integral part of people’s life in India. Every festival celebrated in here has some significance either with the past or with beliefs. These festivals have now become a trend to meet people or a reason for a small get together. It has also kept the tradition alive though the practices have changed. January month has handful of festivals to offer. Two very main festivals for Hindus are – Lohri and Makar Sankranti.
Lohri is an extremely popular festival for Punjabis and Haryanvis. Lohri is traditionally associated with the harvesting of crops. People, late at night play, dance and sing around the bonfire with their family and friends. This is a gesture through which they thank god for the good harvest. Now it is celebrated in different parts of the world. Peanuts, Rebri and popcorns are exchanged among the people.
Makar Sankranti is an auspicious day for hindus and is celebrated in almost every part of the country with full devotion, glory and faith. Lakhs of people take dips in river Ganges. It is believed that it is the day when Lord Sun begins his ascendancy. Various state people celebrate it in their own unique way. In Uttar Pradesh it is called as ‘Khichri’. Cooking Khichiri on this day is auspicious. In Rajasthan, it is known as ‘Makar Sankrant’ and celebrated with Gajjak, Kheer and Ghevar. Kites, feasts, dancing mark Maker Sankranti celebrations.
The feelings behind celebration of these two festivals are same but the practices are different.
Wish all a very Happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti.