Makar sankranti 2019 | History , Importance & Date – Makar Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festivals . Makar sankranti is also known as Makara Sankranti or Maghi . The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various names such as Maghi (preceded by Lohri) by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Makara Sankranti (Pedda Pandaga) in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, Sukarat in central India . Makar Sankranti is Celebrated on 29 January Tuesday .
History of Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is a festival which is devoted and dedicated to the Sun God , Surya . Many people also take dip in holy waters of Ganga to celebrate this festival .
For Many parts in India , this is time to harvest Rabi crops . In Punjab and many northern parts of India , this is the time when farmers get ready for the seed they had sown to grow into crops and give them business . The first crop of this season is worshiped along with others such as rewari and popcorn . People of the community come together and sings songs and dance around the bonfire .
Significance of Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is also known as harvest festival . The significance of Makar Sankranti festival is that it marks the day where there is a significant movement in the zodiac – the arrangement of the earth’s dial around the sun – and this movement brings about a new change in the way we experience the planet itself.
There are many sankrantis through the year; the two significant ones being Makar Sankranti, and the other , after that solstice is Karka Sankranti. In between, there are many Sankrantis – every time the zodiac sign changes, it is called a Sankranti to suggest the movement of the planet, to understand that our life is sustained and nourished by this movement. If this movement ceases, everything about us will cease.