Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Makar Sankranti Festival 2016, Nepal


Makar Sankranti is celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal in lots of cultural forms. It is a harvest festival.

Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional event. Makara Sankranthi is a solar event making one of the few Indian festivals which fall on the same date in the Gregorian calendar every year: 15January, with some exceptions when the festival is celebrated on 13 January.

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Also called
Sankaranthi or Pongal
Type
Seasonal, Traditional
Significance
Festival of Harvest, Celebration of day after Winter Solstice
Celebrations
Kite flying
Date
day when the Sun begins its movement away from the Tropic of Capricorn (mid-January)
2016 date
15 January


Maghe Sankranti (Nepali: माघे सङ्क्रान्ति, Nepal Bhasa: घ्यःचाकु संल्हु) is a Nepalese festival follow on the first of Magh in the Bikram Samwat Nepali calendar (about 14 January), bringing an end to the ill-omened month of Poush when all religious ceremonies are forbidden. On this day, the sun is believed to leave its southernmost position and begin its northward journey. Maghe Sankranti is similar to solstice festivals in other religious traditions.

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Followers of the Hinduism take ritual baths during this festival, notably at the auspicious river locations in proximity. These include Sankhamul on the Bagmati near Patan; in the Gandaki/Narayani river basin at Triveni near the Indian border; Devghat near Chitwan Valley and Ridi on the Kaligandaki; and in the Koshi River basin at Dolalghat on the Sun Koshi. Festive foods like laddoo, ghee and sweet potatoes are distributed to relatives and friends. The mother of each household wishes good health to all family members.

The legend states that a successful businessman was curious as to why his supply of sesame seed seemed to be never ending. When he inspected the bag he found an idol of Lord Vishnu, the preserver.

As per Kirat community this festival is celebrated as a start of a new year which is called Yele Dhung. Based on the rical evidence, the Kirat calendar was started when King Yalamber conquered Kathmandu valley.

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