Below are some usual information you will get on internet. But among these one thing in particular made me curious. But first the usual.
Makar Sankranti festival, unlike other Hindu festivals, is not dependent on the position of the moon, but on position of the sun. On this day, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn. To compensate for the difference that occurs due to the revolution around the sun, every eighty years the day of Sankranti is postponed by one day. In the present period Makar Sankranti falls on 14th January.
Reasons to celebrate:
1. Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path
2. According to a legend Sankranti killed a demon named Sankarasur. The day followed by Makar Sankrant is called Kinkrant or Karidin. On this day, the female deity (devi) slayed the demon Kinkarasur
3. Harvest Season : Bringing sun and end of north east mansoon in South India
Ways to celebrate:
1. Flying kites whole day with family
2. Holy dip in the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krushna and Kaveri at the Holy places situated on the banks of these rivers
3. Performing haldi-kumkum(Turmeric powder and vermilion) ceremony is in a way invoking the waves of dormant Adi-shakti in the Universe to get activated. This helps in creating impression of Sagun (Materialised) devotion on the mind of an individual and enhances his bhav (Spiritual emotion) unto God.
Forbidden on this day:
During the period of sankrant, talking harshly, cutting trees or grass and acts provoking sexual urges should be avoided.
#just curious – WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FLYING KITE ?
1. Its sunshine time
“by doing it unknowingly we receive the benefits of sun exposure. During winter, our body gets infected and suffers with cough and cold and the skin also gets dry during this season. When Sun moves in Uttarayana (The term Uttarayana is derived from two different Sanskrit words “uttara” (North) and “ayana” (movement) thus indicating a semantic of the northward movement of the Sun on the celestial sphere), its rays act as medicine for the body. During kite flying the human body is continuously exposed to sun rays, which eradicates most of the infections and in-sanitation.”
2. Awakening of Gods from long slumber
People offer thousands of their colorful oblations to the Sun in the form of beautiful kites. The act stands as a metaphor for reaching to their beloved God, the one who represents the best.
The festival is a time of thanksgiving for the religious, since it marks the awakening of the gods from their long slumber. The gods who are believed to have slumbered for six long months are now awake and the portals of heaven are thrown open. It is also a signal for merry-making.
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