Makar Sankranti: The festival of harvest

Makar Sankranti: The festival of harvest

Makar Sankranti: The festival of harvest

Makar Sankranti is one of significant festival celebrated by the people of Odisha with lots of enthusiasm and chaos. It is popularly known as festival of harvesting which bring happiness in the face of each and every farmer and as a symbol of devotion they offer the first rice to their deities in the form of rice pudding (Makar Chaula in Odia). It is made out newly uncooked rice powder, banana, crushed coconut, dry fruits, Jaggery, and cheese and everyone is desperately waiting for this mouthwatering Prasad. From the astronomical prospective, it is a pious day for the devotees of the God at Konark Temple Son who started his annual swing and this day onwards the day becomes lengthier and warmer. This festival is very much close to heart of tribal living in different parts of odisha especially in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Koraput and Sundargarh. Makar mela (Fair) is also arranged on the same day so that people can present their unique talents. Makar Sankranti is celebrated by whole India, but their custom and tradition varies from one state to another.

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