“E kaaypo chhe………”
Uttarayan is one of the most awaited festival event in Gujarat. Uttarayan Festival is celebrated every year on 14th January. Uttarayan is also called as Makar Sankranti, related to Hindu astrology. This festival is also celebrated in India with different names on the same date.
Uttarayan 2015 Date : 14 January 2015
Uttarayan 2015 Day : Wednesday
Gujarat Tourism celebrates this festival as the International Kite Festival in India for last 27 years on the dates from 7 to 15 January. The sky is full of colorful kites and now people are flying different patterned kites and have lots of fun on this day.
When is Makar Sankranti in 2015? : 15 January 2015
Makar Sankranti Punya Kaal Muhurat : 07:32 AM to 12:56 PM
Makar Sankranti Moment : 19:34:43 or 7:34 PM (Yesterday i.e., 14 January 2015)
Uttarayan festival Celebration in Gujarat
People of Gujarat are crazy for Uttarayan celebration. People of all ages fly kites from early morning to nightfall. Crowded rooftops, fun-loving rivalry to outdo each other in kite flying skills and delicious traditional Gujarati feast are the hallmarks of the day. Ladies of family visits temple and give foods to needy, cow and others.
Now, people are having Kite Festival celebration with DJ Music, arranging music on the terrace of their home.
Makar Sankranti Food
Makar Sankranti is having its own importance as per Hindu astrology. This day special foods are taken by people. In Gujarat, on the day of Kite festival ‘Undhiyu’ is the first choice of people. On Uttarayan people take Undhiyu, Til Ladoo, Chikki, Sugar cane (In gujarati ‘Sherdi’, hindi ‘Ganna’), Khajoor (in english ‘date’) and many more.
What is Makar Sankranti? :
Uttarayan (known as Makar Sakranti in other parts of India) is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards marking the decline of winter. The days become longer, the skies clearer and the breeze cooler. A feeling of anticipation, joy and jubilation grips all who celebrate the occasion of thanksgiving and merry-making.
Indian Astrologists opine that this day marks the transition of the Sun from Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to Makar Rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. Sankranti is also symbol of a new life. The weather starts changing from this auspicious occasion. Sankranti gives a signal for arrival of spring season and closing of winter season.
What to do on Makar Sankranti? :
The time of Makar Sankranti is considered good for auspicious work. This duration of forty Ghatis is known as Punya Kaal. Sankranti activities, like taking bath, offering Naivedhya (food offered to god) to Lord Surya, offering charity or Dakshina, performing Shraddha rituals and breaking fast or Parana, should be done during Punya Kaal.
Happy Uttarayan…Happy Makar Sankranti
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