Makar Sankranti is an Indian festival. It normally falls on 14-15 January every year.
On this day, children and adults take part in kite flying and throughout the day they remain busy in bringing down someone else’s kites. Kite flying begins nearly at eight in the morning and continues till the night has fallen over. The most miraculous thing about kite flying is that when you are at it, you forget about the “larger” things in life such as breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and even dinner and most important thing of all “entertainment”. Even international cricket or football matches are forgotten. If possible, men would keep on flying their kites till the next Makar Sankranti or till it reaches the atmosphere and possibly even space remains lost forever in the multitude of the universe.
On this day prayers are offered to Lord Surya i.e. The Sun God.
Soft Sesame ladoos (Til ladoos) are had on this day.Today indeed we had many soft and beautiful sesame ladoos. The thirst for water after having many sesame ladoos is inexplicable.
Many small children were flying kites on the ground in front of our house and the kites looked beautiful flying together.
Makar Sankranti is a festival which is celebrated according to the Solar Calendar and this festival is celebrated all across India in various names, ways and forms.
Poush Sankranti in West Bengal.
Maghi in Punjab.
Sankranti in Karnataka.
Wish you all a happy Makar Sankranti and happy kite flying.
N.B.- Officially kite flying is done on this day, but the fervour of kite flying remains for atleast two or three more days, as kids after coming back from school rush out to fly their kites. School exams are generally held in January, but to children, kite flying takes the predominance over everything, leading to low marks in the school examination papers and often such students have to study hard in their final exams to pass to the next class. When kite flying festival comes, young students find it very hard to concentrate, so they spend the whole day playing, often regretting it later on.