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Makar Sankranti 2020: 5 Things You Should Do On The Harvest Festival For Good Luck


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Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi or the Harvest festival of India is one of the most auspicious times in the Hindu calendar. While devotees pray the Sun God and take holy river water dips, the fun side of the day is about til-gud laddoos and kite flying! It is celebrated in the Paush Mas of the Hindu calendar and it is considered auspicious because as per the Hindu readings Sun enters the Capricorn sign and Uttarayan begins.

After Makar Sankranti, all the auspicious, holy and happy events begin to take place in the house like weddings and other ceremonies.  Legends also believe that this Lord Surya visits his son Shani at his house, who is the lord of Shani Dev Capricorn, hence this festival is known as Makar Sankranti. On this day, chanting mantras for Lord Surya and charity hold immense importance.


It is believed that the donation given on this day is multiplied. And you get more than what you give to the needy. Especially donating sesame and jaggery is considered auspicious on this day.

Eat Khichdi

Khichdi which is a mix of rice, pulses and chosen spices is considered very lucky and is supposed to be eaten after you have donated early in the morning.

Eating Black and White Sesame Seeds With Jaggery

On this day, apart from donating black and white sesame seeds with jaggery, consuming the ingredients is considered lucky as well.

Taking Dips in Holy Rivers

In North India, people take dips in the holy river on this day. It is considered auspicious to dip into holy water and offer prayers to Lord Sun.

Fly Kite

One of the most fun element about Makar Sankranti is flying kites and it is also considered, lucky to fly kites on the harvest festival. Many parts in Northen India even hold kite flying competition.

Makar Sankranti is celebrated with different names throughout the country. In Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated as a festival called Pongal while in Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh it is called Sankranti only.

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