According to the Hindu religion, this is the time when the sun starts on it Utarayan (summer solstice) and is considered very auspicious. For hundreds of years, this festival has been celebrated with much fanfare. In the modern calendar, this festival usually falls on the 14th of January.
People all over India celebrate this in a unique style. In the north, Punjab celebrates Lohri with song and dance around a bonfire. People also distribute sweets, clean their homes and buy new clothes. Rajasthan celebrates Sankranti with people all over flying kites during the day.
Here we brought some tips to make you Sankrant more auspicious-
Surya Namaskar: Sun has been regarded as the god for energy, prosperity & health, so this day starts by offering water to the Sun God in a copper utensil. Adding red flowers will only make it more auspicious and help bring prosperity & good health in the coming year. Plant a new tree or flowers in your house so you can use them year-long and get in a good habit of thanking the sun god.
Seek blessings: Seeking blessings from the elders is an absolute must on this day, however, you can also get blessings from society. According to age-old beliefs, donating unused stuff is known to come back manifold, so Sankranti is also a perfect opportunity to help the underprivileged and earn their blessings. So look into your old boxes and almirahs, pick up some old clothes & toys and donate them to the needy.
Invite friends over: No festival in India is ever complete without celebrating with family and friends. Celebrating Sankranti with your loved ones is also the best way to put your culinary and kiting skills into practice. Kite flying is incomplete without full crowd and cheer.
Start something new: Sankranti marks the commencement of Uttarayan; a period believed to be extremely auspicious. Hence, making it a perfect time to start something that’s been long overdue. Be it a new resolution for the new year or a new project, business or initiative, there is no better time than this day to kick it off. So get on and make the most of the new year.
Sharing is caring: In Rajasthan, Sankranti is known as sharing food items to neighbors, friends, and relatives. But It will be a good initiative that we share these lovingly made food items with needy people.
Stay away from Chinese Manjha and DON’T chase those detached kites.
Oh My Rajasthan team wishes a Happy Makar Sankranti!