This year there is a reason for almost all communities to celebrate. From Makar Sankranti, Bhogali Bihu, Lohri, Pongal to Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, a string of five festivals lined up on Tuesday will make it a day of celebration.
Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervor & gaiety. Makar Sankranti is also attributed due to astral changes. It is said that the Sun enters the Makara (Capricorn) zodiac sign.
This day the glorious Sun-God of Hindus begins its ascendancy and entry into the Northern Hemisphere. Sun for the Hindus stands for Pratyaksha-Brahman (प्रत्यक्ष ब्राह्मण) – the manifest God, who symbolizes, the one, non-dual, self-effulgent, glorious divinity blessing one & all tirelessly. So, it is a day which pious and you must wish your near and dear ones on this festival of Makar Sankranti.
In Gujarat, Hindus not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites all over the skyline. Therefore kite flying is often witnessed on this day in various parts of the country, particularly where Gujarati communities dominate the area.
Pongal is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of the country. Families prepare rice delicacies in pots at home. “A lot of people come to the temple in the mornings before starting the celebrations.
Lohri & Maghi is celebrated by Punjabis and, a bonfire is lit. They sing and dance around it.
Bhogali Bihu is celebrated by Assamese families organizing a feast on the eve of Makar Sankranti. “It is to celebrate a good harvest.
Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is being celebrated to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammed across the city through rallies. “The idea of the rally is to promote communal harmony, create goodwill for community in the minds of other people and brotherhood. These will be highlighted by the saying and quotes of Prophet Mohammed.
Wishing all of you, a very Happy Lohri, Bhogali Bihu, Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, Pongal and Makar Sankranti.
With warm regards
Gopal ShekhawatCMD Nmart