World news – Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Lohri 2021: India celebrates harvest festivals

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Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Lohri 2021: The auspicious Uttarayan begins with Makar Sankranti. At this time of year, every state in India celebrates its harvest festival. While it is Lohri in Punjab today, the four day Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu begins with Bhogi Pongal and thousands of Hindu devotees from across the country have already reached Haridwar for the Kumbh Mela. The harvest festivals are a celebration of “unity in diversity”. On Makar Sankranti, the Surya Devta or the sun god is worshiped as a sign of gratitude for the blessings of the farmers with a good harvest. It marks the transit of the sun to Makara or Capricorn, which means the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of longer days. In West Bengal, Makar Sankranti is also known as Poush Sankranti when the famous Ganga Sagar Mela takes place.

Lohri is celebrated today in, but the Lohri Sankranti moment according to drikpanchang.com is 8:29 am on Thursday. Lohri is also known as Lohadi or Lal Loi. People send greetings, wishes and gifts to Lohri. The festival should be something very special for newly married couples.

On Lohri, prayers are offered to the sun god and the goddess Lakshmi. The holy Lohri fire or the traditional campfire is lit in the evening after sunset. For anyone planning to do the Lohri Puja, here are things you need: Ganga Jal, Kalash, Akshat, Kumkum, Sugar Cane, Sriphal, Naivedya, Surya and Agni Yantra.

The Lohri campfire is very Cheap. It’s a great community celebration when young and old gather around the campfire and sing and dance to the beat of the drums. The campfire gives warmth and joy to the cool winter evening. People throw Revri, Moongphali and popcorn into the abundance of flames.

The day’s celebrations revolve around a campfire, much like the Lohri Festival in Punjab. Bhogi Pongal is dedicated to Lord Indra. People clean their houses and decorate with ‘kolams’ or rangoli. Beautiful pongal kolams are made from a paste made from rice flour and water and red earth. Lamps and fresh flowers are also used to decorate houses. Pongal is a festival full of traditions and customs.

Makara Sankranti is on Thursday. Punya Kala, or auspicious time, is between 8:30 a.m. and 5:46 p.m., according to drikpanchang.com. Makar Sankranti rituals and customs such as the holy bath offered by Lord Surya Naivedya, Charity or Dakshina are performed during the Punya-Kala. In Gujarat, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Uttarayan, which lasts for two days. Uttarayan is considered a very favorable time for people to start new businesses.

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