Importance of Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January every year, This festival is the major Hindus harvest festival. This festival is celebrated traditionally on an equinox that is the length of the day and night remains equally long. After Sankrathi the days grow longer and the nights remain shorter till the next equinox.
It is said that on the day of Makar Sankranti sun enters to Capricorn Zodiac known as Makarrashi in Telugu and further the term Sankranti means the movement of the Sun from one Zodiac sign to another. So the day is known as Makar Sankranti.
Sankranti festival is celebrated all over India with different names, in Telugu states it is called as Makara Sankranti, in Gujarat it is known as Uttarayan in Tamil Nadu it is known as Pongal and I Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab it is known as Maghi. Before the arrival of the festival, people start preparing the sweets and some traditional dishes in order to celebrate the harvest period and offer the sweets to Goddess Saraswati.
This festival is thanksgiving ceremony to the sun and the farm animals for their help in providing a successful harvest. The rest of the people celebrate the festival in order to thank the farmers for the food production for the whole year. This festival unites the people by bringing them together in a commonplace and celebrates the day by exchanging the sweets and wishing each other.
Significance of Makar Sankranti
This important day holds significance; Goddess Mahishasuramardini first set her foot on the earth in Kataraaj ashram of Rishi Kardam and Devahuti in order to kill the demon king Mahishasur. There is another superstition that during this festival season the Sun god forgets his anger on his son Shani and visits him.
Kite flying importance
Kite flying is generally done in the early hours of the morning, during the kite flying our body is exposed to sun rays for long hours which benefits the skin and body. Lots of infections occur during the winter season by basking the Sun people believe that the bad bacteria on the skin would be cleared.