Maghe sankranti festival in Nepal
Maghe sankranti is a Nepali festival that marks the end of the month of heavy winter (magh) according to the lunar calendar and the beginning of the month of magh.
Maghe Sankranti is a significant festival in Nepal, celebrated to mark the end of the month of heavy winter and the beginning of the month of Magh. It is a time for people to come together with their family and friends to perform religious rituals, exchange gifts, and enjoy traditional foods such as Chaaku, Til ko Laddu (a sweet made from sesame seeds and jaggery), Ghee, Khichadi (rice cooked with black gram daal), sweet potatoes, Taro Roots and Yam. The festival also marks the end of the harvest season, and people give thanks for a bountiful harvest and pray for good luck and prosperity in the coming year.
In Nepal, Maghe Sankranti is celebrated with great enthusiasm, especially in the Terai region. People take early morning baths in rivers and ponds, visit temples to offer prayers, and participate in socializing activities by visiting friends and relatives and exchanging sweets and savory treats. The festival also promotes unity among different castes and ethnic groups by breaking down social barriers and sharing traditional meals together.
For farmers, Maghe Sankranti is an important festival as it marks the end of the winter harvest and the beginning of the new agricultural season. They thank God for the good harvest and pray for a good crop in the coming year. Maghe Sankranti is a public holiday in Nepal, and many people take the day off to participate in the celebrations. The festival is celebrated on the first day of the Magh month of the Nepali calendar, which usually falls in January or February.
It is also a significant festival in Nepal, as it also symbolizes the end of the cold winter days and the beginning of the warmer days, and people celebrate it by taking a dip in the holy rivers and praying for health, wealth, and happiness.