Makar Sankranti Recipes for this year festive celebrations .
Wish you all a very Happy Makar Sankranti . This year Sankranti is celebrated on January 15th , 2020. Makar Sankranti / Makara Sankranthi / Maghi is celebrated all over Indian with different regional names such as Pongal , Bihu and Lohri. It is a multi cultural festival which is celebrated with lot of festivity and joy throughout the country.
Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the Zodiac sign of Makara rashi ( capricorn) on its celestial path. This festival is dedicated to diety Sun ( Suryadeva) . It marks the end of winter and beginning of spring in India. For farmers , it is a harvest festival.
In Karnataka , girls wear traditional new clothes and exchange “Ellu -Bella- Sakkare Acchu” ( Mixture of Sesame seeds, jaggery , peanuts , dry coconut and sugar candies) with friends and family . Also in villages cows and bulls are decorated with colourful costumes and taken on procession.
Day preceding Sankranti is called Bhogi . At dawn , bonfire is lit with logs of woods and discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing changes or transformations.
In Tamilnadu its Pongal and celebrations include , decorating house with beautiful kolam ( Rangoli) , sweet preparations and offerings to GOD. Ven pongal and sakkarai pongal are must for feast celebrations.
In Maharashtra also it is exchange of tilgul ladoo as a token of goodwill and wish each other with words ” til -gul ghyaa aani goad goad bola” meaning accept this til gul and utter sweet words. Married women invites family / friends for Haldi Kumkum and exchange sweets and small gifts.
Lohri in Punjab is celebrated with song, dance, sugarcanes around bonfire . Also in few places of North India , flying kites on Uttarayan is considered to be very auspicious.
In East ,Assamese and Bengal , its Bihu and celebrated with song and dance with a a delectable dessert payesh .
When its celebrations , food and preparations of special dishes comes first during festivals. Hence I have made a collection of Sankranti Recipes to celebrate the festival in a perfect way .