We celebrate Makar Sankranti festival in mid January across India. This is the first festival of the calendar year. Here is wishing you a great time with your loved ones. Scroll down to see our top Makar Sankranti recipes.
Happy Makar Sankranti!
Why do we celebrate it?
We celebrate it to mark the end of winter solstice and beginning of longer days. It is also a celebration of winter harvest. Gujarati community calls it as Uttarayan. Earth starts moving northwards from this day.Also marks the transit of Sun into Capricorn or Makar. Sindhis call it Lal-loi .Assamese call it as Magh Bihu and Pongal or Pedda panduga in South. There are four days of Pongal - Bhogi, Surya, Mattu and Kaanum. We have put together a list of our top Makar Sankranti recipes for this special festival. Scroll below to read them.
What should we do on Sankranti?
We should worship the SUN as a deity for his power to give us life. People pray for a good harvest. They also celebrate with bonfires, kite flying and fairs. Sesame seeds have a major role in this festival. People bathe with sesame seed oil and wear black so that it keeps the body warm on the cold day.
The famous Kutch festival also is celebrated during this time. There is nothing more magical than the beautiful colorful kites flying over a barren white Rann of Kutch. This place looks amazing during full moon. Having been blessed to be there I can say it is a sight you will never forget. Other must visit places, Lakhpat, Mandvi, Bhuj and Dholavira. See our travel story here.
What is eaten on Makar Sankranti?
Sesame is a powerhouse of vitamin E and anti-oxidants. It also provides energy and heat to the body. We make special sweets for this occasion. They include various types of chikki ,revadi and laddoo. Other important festival recipes and bhogi recipes are pongal, sweet pongal.
Note: Pregnant women should avoid sesame and jaggery as they both induce heat in the body. Please consult your doctor before consumption.
See our Top Makar Sankranti Recipes
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