Makar Sankranti 2020 Images, Wishes and More | Right after the celebrations of New Year, people in the eastern belt of India are gearing up for Makar Sankranti, the first Hindu festival of the year. It will be celebrated on January 14, 2020.
Agriculture has been a deep-rooted part of the Indian society. The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated across the country in different ways, with people welcoming the new season of harvest in their own cultural way. On this day, many pray to the deity of knowledge and wisdom (Goddess Saraswati) for clarity of mind. This festival highlights the importance of pulling back from unethical and unhealthy behaviours, while practising for peaceful and positive ones instead.
Thanking the Almighty for a good harvest and seeking his blessings for the future, people prepare and indulge in a lot of delicacies — sticky sweets made of jaggery and sesame, patishaptas, jaggery and rice pudding, among others. People spend the day with each other, singing traditional folk songs and dancing. In the evening, they light a bonfire and prepare sumptuous meals to be enjoyed together
Significance of the Festival
‘Makar’ refers to the zodiac, Capricorn and Sankranti’ means transition. Also called Makar in Sanskrit, this festival celebrates the Sun’s shift into Capricorn. According to Astrology, the planet, Saturn, rules the zodiac sign Capricorn. And this planet is believed to be Surya Dev’s (Lord Sun’s) son. In short, this means that during this time, the Sun comes to stay with His Son. This period also signifies letting go of any grudges and quarrels, leaving behind any old bitterness and resentment to allow one to let in the beauty and love that the world has to offer! With the energy and encouragement from the Sun, establish more meaningful relationships with the people you love, let go of the silly arguments and fights and focus on the happy times. Celebrate this festival by spreading positive vibes to your loved ones.
This festival especially stands apart from other Hindu festival as the date for celebrating Makar Sankranti is fixed, i.e. it is celebrated on the 14th of January every year. This is the same time around which the Sun starts making a transition towards the North. The festival also marks the point from which the cold, short, wintery days give way to longer and warmer months. The limited sunlight during the winter season hinders good harvest of crops, and this is why with the Sun moving towards the North, the entire country rejoices with the prospect of a better harvest!