Jan 21, 2015

Makara Sankranti / Happy Pongal

Makara Sankranti is celebrated in the month of Magha when the sun passes through the winter solstice, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn.It  is also a celebration of the harvest festival.It is celebrated across states in India.

On this auspicious day, people in Karnataka distribute Yellu and Bella to family and friends (jaggery, sesame seeds, ground nut, dried coconut and fried gram goes into this ellu bella along with Sakarare Aachu and greet with the words  “Ellu bella thindu, Olle Maathadi” While in Maharashtra its "Til gul ghya gaud gaud bola" (Eat sesame seeds and speak only good). In the evening the children in the house will be made to sit and a mixture of ellu bella , berries called as elchi hannu in kannada , pieces of sugarcane, coins are mixed and poured over their head and an aarathi is performed.

The significance across states of this exchange is that sweetness should prevail in all walks of life.

May the sun radiate peace,prosperity and happiness in your life!! Happy Sankranthi!!

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