Happy Makar Sankranti, no Happy Pongal, no Happy Bihu…aaaah Whatever…!!!

I live in India., a country known for its diversity and culture. So let me tell you one such amazing thing about this INDIAN CULTURE.

In India, unlike most other countries we follow Lunar Calendar. So all Indian festivals are celebrated as per the lunar calendar too, which make their days of celebration on the solar calendar vary every year. But here’s a wonderful exception. Every year we celebrate MAKAR SANKRANTI on the very same day 14th of January, no matter what date it is according to Lunar Calendar. And this is because the date of Makar Sankranti is decided by the position of Sun and not Moon. So the clue to this mystery lies in the fact that Makar Sankranti is also called Uttarayan, or the day on which the sun begins its northward journey, which marks the beginning of the end of Winters. And is I’m not wrong it holds some importance for agriculture too.

But that’s not all about Makar Sankranti.

Let’s take a reference here….

I study in a college where students come from all over the country, ( Kashmir to Kerala and Gujarat to Assam). So when today (because today is Makar Sankranti ) I had to wish my college mates. I had to send different wishes to everyone and by that I mean is-

If the person is from Punjab or northern states it’s Lohri or Maghi for them (actually the previous day)

If the person is from Gujarat it’s Uttarayan there.

If from Tamil Nadu, it’s Pongal.

If from Himachal Pradesh, it’s called Magha Saaji.

For people hailing from Karnataka it’s Suggi,

For Bengalies it’s Poush Parbon.

For people from Delhi and Haryana it’s Sakraat.

For Assamese (our north eastern friends) it’s Bhogali Bihu.

For Rest Of The India it’s Makar Sankranti.

So I was like –

Happy Lohri!!

Happy Uttarayan!!

Happy Pongal!!

Happy Magha Saaji!!

Happy Suggi!!

Happy Poush Parbon!!

Happy Sankraant!!

Happy Bhogali Bihu!!

and Happy Makar Sankranti!!

 

So it was one hell of a job :p. But this diversity isn’t confined to just names people of different states celebrate it differently. Somewhere it’s kite flying, somewhere people donate grains, somewhere they make Pongal (Tamilian dish) and have Pooja and there are many more ways in which people celebrate but I will not go into details.

Here are some of the pics of celebration—–

LOHRIStudents perform traditional folk dance near a bonfire as they celebrate the Lohri festival, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh

BIHU

Folk dancers from Assam perform Bihu dance during Festival of Gardens in Chandigarh

PONGAL

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UTTARAYAN

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MAKAR SANKRANTI

makar-sankrantiiiiiii

SUGGI

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POUSH PARBON

1132

 

 

So this was one of the examples of the diversity of India for which it is known. Even with all these differences, it’s still in one country.

Please give your valuable feedbacks. And your do comment your views in this respect.

Ero Sennin

 

 

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