Makar Sankranti 2022: Date, Puja Time, History, Khichdi Festival


Makar Sankranti 2022: Date, Puja Time, History, Khichdi Festival, 14 Jan Significance: Makar Sankranti is India’s most auspicious festival, celebrated on 14th or 15th January every year. Makar Sankranti, the first festival of the year 2022, will be observed on Friday, 14 January this year. According to the Hindu calendar, Makar Sankranti falls when the sun moves northward from Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to Makar Rashi (Capricorn) in the month of Poush.

Makar Sankranti 2022: Date, Puja Time, History, 14 Jan Significance
Makar Sankranti 2022: Date, Puja Time, History, 14 Jan Significance

Significance of Makar Sankranti Festival ‘Khichdi Festival 2022″

This festival is enthusiastically celebrated in almost every part of India. This festival is also known as Khichadi or Til Sakranti in north India. People prepare Rice and lentis dishes known as Khichdi after taking a holy bath in the Ganges at a holy place and chant mantras etc. It is thought that any sacred ritual can be started or completed on Makar Sankranti and will be significant. On this day, the famous Magh Mela begins on the banks of the Triveni Sangam in Allahabad. It marks the beginning of the harvest season and mark the end of the winter season.

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In Bihar, this festival is also known as Khichdi. Donating urad, rice, woollen clothing, blankets, and other items has its significance on this day.

Makar Sankrant In West Bengal, Bengalis have a donating til after taking a holy bath in Gangasagar. They prepare khichdi, sweet made with til and rice and all of the families come together to celebrate the festival with great joy.

Makar Sankranti has a unique significance in Maharashtra. They put on new attire, make and exchange Til Ladoo sweets prepared with sesame seeds and jaggery from the season’s first harvest of sugarcane.

Makar Sankranti 2022 Date: Friday, 14 January

People in Karnataka celebrate the festival auspiciously by wearing new clothes, visiting relatives, preparing and exchanging the first harvest of sugarcane, sesame seeds, dry coconut, fried grammes, and peanuts, honouring their animals by bathing them and feeding them Pongal, and making rangolis, among other things.

Makar Sankranti, popularly known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, is celebrated for four days.

This festival is known as Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh and is celebrated for three days. People make rangolis and a rice dish known as Pongal. This dish is first served to Goddess Sankranti Lakshmi and then eaten by the people at large.

In Gujarat, Makar Sankranti is known as Uttarayan, and kite flying is a popular ritual on this day. People pay visits to their families and exchange gifts.  Gujaratis also celebrate an international kite flying festival on this day.

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