Makar Sankranti 2024 : The holy festival of Makar Sankranti is on Monday 15th January. This festival is dedicated to Lord Sun and Shani Dev Maharaj. On this day, people offer items made of gram, peanuts, sesame, jaggery etc. to Lord Suryadev and Shanidev Maharaj and enjoy these things. There are different beliefs associated with this festival in different states, which adds to the glory of this festival.
In fact, these traditions not only express religious importance but this festival is also related to a healthy and happy life. In such a situation, let us know about some special traditions regarding Makar Sankranti.
tradition of charity
There is a tradition of donating laddus made of sesame, jaggery and peanuts on the day of Makar Sankranti. Dishes made of sesame seeds are prepared in homes and offered to Lord Sun. After this it is donated to the Pandit. Also, on this day, people take dishes made from sesame, jaggery, jowar, millet etc. to their married daughters’ homes. This tradition is quite popular in Hindu religion.
Tradition and importance of kite flying
There is a tradition of flying kites in many states of the country on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Because of this tradition, Makar Sankranti is also called kite festival. On the day of Makar Sankranti, markets are seen decorated with colorful kites. On this day people enjoy flying kites. There are many religious and scientific beliefs in Hindu religion regarding flying kites on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Talking about religious importance, it is said to be related to Lord Ram. According to this, Lord Rama started flying kites on the day of Makar Sankranti. According to Tamil Tandanaramayana, Lord Rama flew a kite on this day and that kite flew to Indralok. Since then the tradition of flying kites on this day exists in Hindu religion. There is also scientific importance behind this. According to this, flying kites on this day is very beneficial for health.
Tradition and importance of making and eating Khichdi
There is a special tradition of making and eating Khichdi on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. For this reason, this festival is also called the festival of Khichdi in many places. On the day of Makar Sankranti, it is believed that eating Khichdi strengthens the planets. At many places, Khichdi is offered to God and distributed as Prasad. It is believed that the ingredients in Khichdi are related to the planets. According to this, rice is considered a symbol of Moon and urad dal is considered a symbol of Saturn. Whereas turmeric is related to Jupiter and green vegetables in Khichdi are related to Mercury. This is the reason why eating Khichdi on the day of Makar Sankranti improves health.