According to Indian astrology, there are twelve zodiac signs of the Sun. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces when Sun enters Capricorn. Then there is Makar Sankranti . By the way, Sankranti happens in every month. But the transition of Capricorn and Cancer signs is very important. Both these infections occur with a difference of 6-6 months. From Makar Sankranti, the Sun becomes Uttarayan and from Cancer Sankranti it becomes Dakshinayan. The day is longer in Uttarayan. And the night is short in Dakshinayan, the night is long and the day is short. is called. That Yashoda ji had fasted for the birth of Krishna on this day.
The law of fasting for Makar Sankranti is very simple. It is written in the religious texts that on the day of Makar Sankranti, one should bathe with oil boiled in the morning. Taking bath with sesame oil, applying sesame paste, doing home with oil, drinking sesame water, eating sesame products and donating sesame seeds. These six actions are the law of being done by sesame seeds. After making an Ashtadal lotus out of sandalwood, installing the idol of Surya Narayan in it, invoking him and worshiping him methodically.
In the eastern districts of Uttar Pradesh, it is called Makar Sankranti and ‘Khichdi’ .
On this day people donate khichdi and sesame seeds. And eat porridge. Married girls in Maharashtra give oil, cotton, salt etc. to fortunate women on this day. Lucky women give turmeric, roli, sesame and jaggery to their friends. There is also a practice of bathing and charity in Bengal.
In Punjab this festival is celebrated as ‘Lohri’ . And on this day Lohri is also burnt. A huge fair is held in Gangasagar on this day. Donating ghee and blankets has special significance in this month.