The Weekly Shot: Makara Sankranti

14 January 2019, 3:04 PM
Makar Sankranti Uttarayana Festival Photo by Bhavishya Goel via Wikicommons

A night lit up on Makar Sankranti Uttarayana Festival with kites and lights. Photo by Bhavishya Goel via Wikicommons

Makara Sankranti (also known as Makaraa Sankrānti or Maghi) is a 5,000-year-old Hindu festival marking the sun’s journey after the winter solstice and the beginning of longer days. Makara Sankranti is a festive holiday. Children celebrate by going from house to house, singing and asking for treats or pocket money. Hindus celebrating the festival put up colorful decorations and fly kites, and hold fairs, dances, bonfires, and feasts. This year, Makara Sankranti begins on January 14.

Learn more about our Cooperation Circles, some of whom are celebrating Makara Sankranti with their Hindu friends.