Harvest festival in north India
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Makar Sankranti: Harvest festival in north India
Makar Sankranti Harvest Festival | January 15
As the winter solstice marks the beginning of longer days, farmers in India and Nepal celebrate Makar Sankranti, which is also called Maghi and dedicated to worship of the Sun God. The harvest festival is officially celebrated on the first day of the month of Makara, which falls on January 15 this year.
Women and children go from door-to-door exchanging plates that contain a piece of sugarcane as well as a mixture of sesame seeds and jaggery that come together to form caramelized sweets. This represents the values of giving and spreading cheer.
People also wear new clothes on this day, and tie mango leaves at the entrances to their homes. They pray not only at home, but also offer prayers at temples.
Some of the festive activities that are associated with Makar Sankranti are kite flying, singing, dancing, and lighting bonfires at night, apart from colorful decorations. It is celebrated across various states in India, and people celebrate the festival in different ways. Wrestling events have come to be a mainstay of Makar Sankranti celebrations, whilst cattle are also adorned with jewels and costumes to add to the cheerful mood of the festival.
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