"Makar Sankranti is Festival of Joy"
A kite rises as it gets the support of wind. We rise with our positive thoughts and positive attitude'
Uttrayan is usually celebrated on 14th January. And it is also known as Makar Sankranti. The direct connection of Makar Sankranti to this festival is associated with the planet's geography and the state of the sun. On this day, the Sun comes on the Makar Line after Uttarayan. That is why the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on this day. A few days around Makar Sankranti, festivals are celebrated according to different names and traditions throughout the country.
Importance in the cultural diversity of India. This festival is celebrated in most parts of the country. However, the names and the prevailing traditions are different. For example, in the southern states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, it is called Sankranthi only. Talking about Tamil Nadu, this festival goes on for four days and it is called Pongal. In Punjab and Haryana, it is called Lohri. Bihu is the same in Assam which is ours, namely Makar Sankranti in North India. And in Gujarat, it is also known as Uttrayan.
After Makar Sankranti, the chill of winter begins to end and the sun gets brighter. This happens due to the Sun's Uttarayan. The day is big and the nights start to become smaller. Altogether, spring is the arrival and the weather gets cheerful. A lot of literary works have also been done regarding the arrival of spring. Crops are grown in most parts of the country. Pongal and Lohri are symbols of this. That is, this is an economical time for the farmer.
Uttarayan is known as the 'Kite flying festival'. It is a day when many friends and family will visit your place at any time of the day. The trending songs and shout out of ‘kaipo che’ makes everyone smile and cheer. Uttarayan, where all we could see is the sky dotting up with several colours and if felt like it was traffic jam up in the sky. It’s a day when no one gets tired or bored and with the goggles put on, staring at the sky is kind of a ritual. The vigour and josh got to be maintained.
In Gujarat, people celebrate this festival with their family and friends. Surya pooja and kite flying are done together but more importantly, they prepare some Indian dishes which are not only delicious but also healthy to eat during winter. Here we’ve compiled 6 of these yummy Indian foods which you can easily prepare at your home to add some deliciousness along with fun for the upcoming Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti.
● Mamara Ladu
At our campus educators and learners had celebrated a virtual Uttrayan celebration in which gajerian educators had performed a drama. A brief explanation was done by our educator in which learners come to know the main way why we celebrate Uttrayan. Little learners have done various activities regarding Uttrayan like Kite making from marble paper and balloon pasting. We had also arranged a virtual dabba party in which learners sit with chikkis and laddus.