Wednesday, January 13, 2016


This is 16 dots 4 rows in the center, to 4 dots. Swastikas and flowers to celebrate the festival. 

Tomorrow is Bhogi or the Eve of Sankranti. We celebrate it by getting up very early before the sun rise,  cleaning our homes and yards of the junk, throwing out and burning the junk by lighting bonfires which also helps us to combat this chilly winter weather. We draw Rangolis in our yards or before our door steps, fill them with colours, decorate with flowers, Gobbis. Decorate our doorways with mango leaves and flowers. We then have a head bath following traditional procedures. Then we start our preparations for the big day of Sankranti. 

This is the time for all of us to go to our native villages and towns where the festivities are carried out as per age old traditions. Since this is basically a harvest festival to celebrate the bringing home of the produce of main harvest., it is best celebrated in our villages. 

This is also the time to celebrate the Sun entering the Zodiac sign of Makara that is Capricorn marking the start of auspicious phase of six months there after. Also this marks the start of spring season and warmer and longer days.

This is a major harvest festival celebrated through out India. 

All of our relatives gather in our ancestral homes. Newly married daughters are invited and the couple are showered with lots of gifts. We all receive and give gifts to our near and dear ones. 

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