Also called as Maghi or Makara Sankranti, the festival of Makar Sankranti is dedicated to sun worship. Usually this day falls on 14 January year on year marking the start of the sun’s movement towards the north direction, which is referred to as Uttarayan (Northward Movement). This phase will then continue for six months and Dakshinayan (Southward movement) will then follow. In Hinduism, Uttarayan is considered as an auspicious period and hence all good activities are performed during this period. The other period of Dakshinayan is not advised for the performance of good activities.
Makar Sankranti significance
On the day of Makar Sankranti, the sun moves from the Dhanur Rashi (the constellation of Sagittarius) to the Makar Rashi (The constellation of Capricorn) and hence this is called as Makar Sankranti with the word Sankranti meaning an auspicious movement. Makar Sankranti also indicates the end of the winter solstice referred to as the darkest night of the year. Makar Sankranti brings with it the message that longer and brighter days are ahead. The crops are grown by this time and the agricultural community enjoys a good produce. Hence this celebration is associated with positivity, prosperity and abundance.
Makar Sankranti celebrations
On the day of Makar Sankranti, people wear new clothes and celebrate joyously. The reference to the celebrations of Makar Sankranti is mentioned even in very ancient Puranas and epics like the Mahabharata. People prepare nice dishes and offer them to sun god. Charities, gifts and exchange of sweets and delicacies follow on this day making this event a highly special one from several perspectives.