Wishing you all a very happy Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Bihu, and or Pongal.
Simple to put, we all are celebrating the same thing but with different names.
Well, all these are festivals that represent different cultures but unite under one country – India (North, South, East)
LOHRI – A large bonfire with people dancing, singing, and having a good time is what contains the essence of this festival. Lohri is celebrated a day before Makar Sankranti and is primarily celebrated in North India, especially the agricultural state of Punjab. It marks the end of the sowing season. Delicacies and snacks.
MAKAR SANKRANTI – follows Lohri by a day and is a popular festival in most parts of the country, but the festivity is at its prime, mainly in North India. The festival marks the advent of the harvest season and also signifies the end of Winter as the days start getting longer. Many people dip in the sacred waters of Ganga and offer their prayers to the Sun. In many parts of North India, kites take over the skies.
PONGAL – As we move down towards the South, the festivities celebrating the harvest season turn into Pongal, where the harvesting of sugarcane and rice sparks joy in the people of South India. Pongal is a four-day festival that starts on January 14 and is vibrant as people decorate their cattle, paint their houses, and carry out pious processions.
BIHU – The same spirit and the same premise, when it travels all the way to North East India, takes the shape of Magh Bihu. The end of the harvest season is what the festival represents. Traditional dance, traditional games, and activities such as Cooking in Meji (Bamboo Huts) define the festival in the state of Assam.