January 18, 2011 | |

Makar Sankranti Feast

til gud ghya ani goad goad bola

You can hear this Marathi greeting echoing all over the city during the festival ofMakar Sankranti. For those who don't know it means, 'have til (sesame seeds) and gud (jaggery) and talk sweet'. 
Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January to mark the end of winter season. 'Makar' means 'Capricorn' and 'Sankranti' means the day when the sun passes from one month to another as per the Hindu calendar. It’s also a celebration of harvest and the beginning of Uttaraayan (the period when sun moves towards north from the centre of the sky). 
The festival is celebrated as Lohri in Punjab, Khichdi in Uttar Pradesh,Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Bhogali Bihu in Assam. In Gujarat there is a huge kite flying festival on this day.
Like every other festival in India, Makar Sankranti is replete with some traditional recipes. Read more...

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