Why is Makar Sankranti Celebrated?
Sun, the source of all energy and life on Earth and a ritual that celebrates its very potential; how majestic is that – this is the very reason why Makar Sankranti is celebrated in India. Makar Sankranti or Maghi is a hindu festival that celebrates the harvest season. It has different names in different regions of India – In the East it is called Poush Parbon, in the North it is called Lohri, in the West it is known as Makar Sankranti, in the South it is celebrated as Pongal and in North-East it is known as Bhogali Bihu. It is observed in January each year and Kite-flying is a ritual that is deeply associated with it. The roots of this festival goes back to the times of Mahabharata as it holds a significant historical and religious impact. Worshiping the “Sun” God is associated with divinity, wisdom and also the beginning of warmer days as it marks the first day of Sun’s transit into Makara.
Unique Gifts for Makar Sankranti
Different parts of India sees a different type of celebration with an array of rituals that go with the festival. Some make multicolored sugar halwa, some make Til-gud or sesame seed balls that go along with people’s savour palette. Chikki, Sweets, Til Ladoos and Dry Fruits – quite essential parts of celebrating Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti 2020 is on the 15th of January although the dates may vary. It is a big celebration in Gujarat as well known as Uttarayan. This festival gave birth to some unique phrases like “Kai Po Che”, “E Lapet”, “Phirki Vet Phirki” etc. which people shout while flying kites and they have made prominent marks in people’s daily lives. In Punjab the celebration is called “Lohri” where people light up a bonfire and dance around it relishing gud & rewri. The warmth of the fire lets people forget all their weariness and they look forward to the warmer days with much hope in their eyes. People also send around unique gifts on Makar Sankranti to surprise their loved ones.
Celebrate Makar Sankranti with Loved Ones
Pongal is the celebration in the South and they observe a grand celebration of special sweets. It is common to send Pongal gifts around and wishing a Happy Pongal to near and dear ones with care packages and gourmet hampers. People often send across Dairy, Calendars, Sweets’ Hampers and Dry-fruits’ Hampers or assorted Cashew nuts in Basket. Chocolate hampers, lucky bamboo plants, flower arrangements and traditional sweets are also quite popular with the wishes.
Makar Sankranti is a widely celebrated festival that covers not only India but Sri Lanka as well. The non-residential Indians living in various countries also celebrate the ritual. Sending pamper hampers for Makar Sankranti is quite the norm these days, especially with the ease of online gifting it does not get better than just placing an order and awaiting your love to be delivered at their doorstep.
Gifts for Makar Sankranti may include hampers with sweets and dry-fruits along with a card that displays a hearty message or a beautiful Makar Sankranti quote. IGP has a beautiful collection of Makar Sankranti gifts that can be presented to loved ones during this festival –
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