Short description about Makar Sankranti or Maghi in Nepal
Sankranti– The word Sankranti means transmigration of the sun from one Rashi or Zodiac to the next. Hence there 12 Sankranti as a Rashi in a year. It is mark as a beginning of a new month in the sidereal solar calendar follow in India, Nepal and many other Asian countries too. It also called Uttarayana that means the- day on which the sun begins his northward journey.
Maghe celebrate as for good health
Maghe Sankranti, Nepal observed on the first of Magh in the Vikram Sambat(B.S) calendar (about 14 or 15 January) brings an end to the winter solstice containing the month of Poush. The date of Makar Sankranti remains constant over the long term, 14 January or occasionally, 15 January as the Sun begins to rise in Makar Rashi. It is the strict celebration for Hindu culture. The most significant to celebrate this festival is welcoming the longer days by worshiping the Sun.
During the festival, the Observant takes a ritual bath, notably at auspicious river locations. On this day, the families were get together and eat meals together, they eat festive foods like laddoo, ghee, sweet potatoes, and other food items that are distributed to relatives and friends. The mother of each house wishes her all family members to have good health.
Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival. It is celebrate to mark the arrival of the spring season. On this festival, all the Hindus are celebrated as a day of celebrations like the Kite flying, bonfires, fairs(Melas)-like Mai Mela, world-famous Kumba Mela in India held every 12 years, etc, Surya puja in the river, feast arts, dancing and singing, socialization, etc. It advances a sentiment of a feeling of solidarity among people groups. People love each other and forgive one another. This festival is of utmost importance for the farmers. To celebrate this festival with good hearts and making society in peace.