Makar Sankranti – A health Begenning To 2021 .January 14, 2021
It’s that time of the year again, colorful celebrations, bonfires at dawn, beautiful rangolis, the return of natives, and some really tasty food! We are as excited about the Sankranti celebrations as you are. Being one of the most ancient festivals in India, it is celebrated in various different ways, be it Lohri, Pongal, Bihu, Maghi, Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. Even with India’s diversified culture, it is still a unified celebration and worship of Lord Surya.
Makara Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya (sun). It is observed each year in the lunar month of Magha which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar and is a day the people of India and Nepal celebrate their harvest. It marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara rashi (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
We have decided to celebrate this Sankranti with a twist of health and happiness and we want to share with you how!
- The amazing worship of Lord Surya with the help of a little yoga, let’s start with a beautiful morning of Surya Namaskar. The Sun is not just an epitome of our everyday being but also a big star of tremendous energy. The exposure to sunlight early in the morning will help your body absorb a whole lot of much needed Vitamin D. Start your New Year with some positive energy and happiness.
- Make your own little garden – Lets plant greens
This is one of the best and necessary ways to start of a New Year where we have been facing a massive hit of climate change. Planting trees or saplings will not only help the environment around us but also help us with better mental and emotional health as studies have shown that exposure to nature helps in gaining concentration and reducing stress.
As one of India’s most ancient festivals, it is necessary that we know what significance this auspicious day holds for us. It is believed in the Hindu religion that on this day, every year, the Sun starts its Utarayan or the Northward movement of the Sun begins. Hindus also see this as a time to start something new and let go of everything unnecessary.
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