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Makar Sankrati: Festival of Kites and Comforting food

The day is celebrated with special Rajasthani delicacies and sweets such as pheeni (either with sweet milk or sugar syrup dipped), til-paati, gajak, kheer, ghevar, pakodi, puwa, and til-laddoo.

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Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti food

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti food

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While we are getting ready to celebrate our January winter hibernation, this Makar Sankranti there is nothing better than making comforting winter foods.

"Makar Sankrati" or "Sankrat" in the Rajasthani language is one of the major festivals in the state of Rajasthan. The day is celebrated with special Rajasthani delicacies and sweets such as pheeni (either with sweet milk or sugar syrup dipped), til-paati, gajak, kheer, ghevar, pakodi, puwa, and til-laddoo.

The festival is predominantly a harvest festival and is celebrated throughout India. The freshly harvested food items are used to make these delicious sweets and savories like Pakoras and Samosas.

Different places, Different values

 While Makar Sankranti is most popular in West India, down south, the festival is known as Pongal and in the north, it is celebrated as Lohri. Uttarayan, Maghi, Khichdi are some other names of the same festival.

Sankranti festival is a solar event, making it one of the few Hindu festivals which fall on the same date in local calendars every year: 14 January, with some exceptions when the festival is celebrated on 15 January. Meanwhile, in Jaipur, an International Kite Festival will be celebrated from January 14 to 16.

Jaipur’s kite festival is world famous and witnesses a good footfall of tourists who come here to celebrate the festival of kites and enjoy pleasant weather.

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