“As the name suggests, Sankranthi is a sense of belonging with nature and what all nature gives us! It means home to me, as a south Indian, the way I celebrate is with proper southern traditions. This festival takes me back to those good olden days where my family would perform pooja together, cook delicacies, eat together and spend time.
Like any other person, I savour the abundance of sweets and desserts made of jaggery and sesame such as laddoo and halwa that are served during this festival. We perform pooja and cook various dishes together. This year is different because I just got married and this is the first Sankranthi with my husband and in-laws. They had come from far away to visit us even though in these situations with utmost precautions. This year, I am supposed to perform kumkum pooja as I am a newlywed. Hence, it is special as it is my first one with a new family.
We have a tradition of making big rangolis and sharing food. Extended families from various places come together to celebrate the festival but due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, we missed our extended family. This year, we went to my mom’s place and had lots of food. The laughter and joy of both the families are what kept us going during these times.
This festival is dedicated to Surya, the sun god. On this day, many devotees visit temples early in the morning after a ritual bath in the Ganges and pray to Surya for blessings for the whole family.
Yet, there are different types of traditions all over. Wherever you are from, the sense of togetherness, family, new harvest is what completes the meaning of this festival. In my opinion, people celebrate this festival because they pay immense love and respect to soil, mother nature, animals and plants. I don’t think we should forget that at any cost. I wish you all a very happy Makara Sankranti!”
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