Introduction: Makar Sankranti, also known as the Kite festival, is a popular Hindu festival. It is known as Maghi in Punjab. In Uttar Pradesh, the festival is known as ‘Khichiri’. In Gujarat and Rajasthan, the festival is known as Uttarayan.
Due to the variation in tradition through different cultures of India, the celebration procedure and myths behind the festival varies from region to region. The festival is dedicated to Sun God.
Why is Makar Sankranti celebrated? Makar Sankranti is observed to celebrate the transition of sun into the zodiac house of Capricorn. The Hindi version of Capricorn is “Makara”. Hence this day is known as “Makar Sankranti”. Sun God is worshiped at many places.
Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival. It is celebrated to mark the arrival of spring season.
Kite Flying: Flying kites are seen on the sky. This is done to please the Sun God.
Celebration: Makar Sankranti is generally celebrated a day after the Lohri fesitval. It is generally celebrated on 14th day of January every year.
- It is extensively celebrated in different parts of India.
- People wear new clothes and distribute sweets.
- People take holy bath on this day.
- Fairs (melas) are held in many cities.
- World famous Kumbh mela is held every 12 years in the holy places.
- People make sweets of sesame seeds (til). Semame sweets are traditionally consumed in India. It is very tasty and helps us to maintain good health.
- The festival of Makar Sankranti is very important because it refers to the transition of sun into the zodiac house of Capricorn.
- Makar Sankranti promotes a feeling of sense of unity among peoples.
- People forget their past grievances and forgive one another.
- Since it is a harvest festival, it is of utmost importance for the farmers.
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Short Paragraph on Kite Flying Festival in India
Kite Flying is a popular festival in India.
On the day of Makar Sankaranti, the Kite flying festival is celebrated in North India with immense joy and fun.
A kite is made of light bamboo sticks and thin papers. A thread is passed at two points near the ends and then a knot is tied.
For flying a kite, a good wind is necessary. A boy takes the kite to a distance and throws it up in the air. The kite-flier pulls the string and the kite rises up.
As the kite-flier lets out more and more string, the kite rises higher and higher till at last it becomes steady.
Kite-flying is a favorite amusement in Japan, China and India. In Amritsar and other big cities, kite-flying games are played especially at Basant. Everywhere kite-flying contests are held. Every kite-flier tries to cut the strings of the kites of others with the string of his own kite. When a kite, thus cut, falls down, all the people watching run to catch it.
Kite-flying gives exercise to the limbs and sharpens the eyesight. But the game has its dangers as well. Every year many boys fall down from their houses and lose their lives.