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Makar Sankranti 2024
Makar Sankranti 2024 is one of the most auspicious festivals celebrated all across India with great joy and pompous. This harvest is celebrated in Krishna paksha of magh maas and also marks the end of the winter season and the commencement of a new harvest season. Makar Sankranti 2024 also marks the entering of the sun into the sign of Capricorn or ‘Makar’.
Makar Sankranti 2024 Dates
This year 2024, Makar Sankranti falls on both days 14 January and 15 January 2024.
This Makar Sankranti 2024 Festival, Bring a smile to someone’s face by donating to Anna-Daan under the Food for Life program, and experience Krishna’s Divine shower of blessing in your life.
Importance Of Uttarayan/ Makar Sankranti 2024
Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita,
Those who know the Supreme Brahman attain that Supreme by passing away from the world during the influence of the fiery god, in the light, at an auspicious moment of the day, during the fortnight of the waxing moon, or during the six months when the sun travels in the north.
So, we must put in our efforts to know about the Supreme Personality of the Godhead and we should try to serve the Supreme Lord on this auspicious day so we may also be able to have a transcendental end to this life. This festival is celebrated all across India as a festival of Food, So It is considered very auspicious to donate for the Prasadam Distribution of the Lord.
Makar Sankranti 2024 Celebrations Across India
India is a country of unity in diversity that celebrates this day as a harvest festival in their unique special way.
Lohri & Maghi – Punjab
People hold a special place in their hearts for Lohri, a colorful and joyful harvest festival celebrated mainly in northern India, as they gather to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of longer days. Lohri 2024, an agricultural festival, is marked by dancing, traditional folk music, and bonfires. But the strong ties Lohri has to charity make it unique. The custom of giving out candies, almonds, and other offerings brings the spirit of generosity to life as families congregate around the bonfire.
Furthermore, a lot of communities use this chance to plan charitable events like distributing food to everyone, highlighting the significance of helping those in need. This charitable side of Lohri highlights the festival’s larger significance and turns it into a celebration of plenty.
Pongal – Tamil Nadu
Pongal 2024 is a major harvest festival observed in Tamil Nadu, in southern India. It is a time of great festivity and gratitude. The term “Pongal” itself refers to the boiling over of the first harvested rice in a pot, signifying abundance and prosperity, and it signifies the end of the traditional farming season. To celebrate the abundant harvest, families get together to cook a special dish called “Pongal,” which is made with freshly harvested rice, jaggery, and other ingredients.
The spirit of Pongal is also strongly ingrained with charity, as communities participate in deeds of kindness by feeding the less fortunate. Numerous people and groups conduct food drives, giving away clothing, food, and other necessities to those in need while promoting a feeling of community. Pongal, therefore, not only celebrates agricultural abundance but also highlights the importance of sharing and caring for the less privileged during this auspicious time.
Magh Bihu – Assam
The lively and important festival of Magh Bihu, also called Bhogali Bihu, is eagerly observed in the Indian state of Assam, which is located in the northeast. It falls in the month of Magh (January), signaling the end of the harvest season and giving communities a chance to celebrate and give thanks for the abundant harvests. The preparation of special feasts featuring traditional Assamese delicacies, traditional folk dances, and bonfire lighting are the festival’s defining features.
Magh Bihu is unique in that it uses charity to celebrate the spirit of the community. Families, friends, and neighbors gather to exchange harvests and perform deeds of kindness, making sure that the celebrations go beyond individual happiness to the benefit of the community. food, clothing, and necessities donations to the underprivileged.
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Uttarayan – Gujarat
Uttarayan celebrated as the kite festival in the Indian state of Gujarat, marks the arrival of longer days and the harvest season. The skies come alive with colorful kites, and communities gather on rooftops to engage in spirited kite-flying competitions. While the festival is a jubilant expression of the changing seasons, it also emphasizes charity. Families exchange sweets and donate to the less fortunate, underscoring the importance of generosity and community welfare during Uttarayan.
The vision of our Founder acharya also aligned with the spirit of these festivals. He visioned that no soul should be hungry within 10 miles of a Hare Krishna temple, ISKCON Ghaziabad to fulfill this vision runs FOOD FOR LIFE, which distributes free prasadam every day outside the temple and also in remote villages across Ghaziabad.
Krishna says in Bhagwat Gita
dātavyamiti yad dānaṁ
deśekāle ca pātre ca
Charity given out of duty, without expectation of return, at the proper time and place, and to a worthy person is considered to be in the mode of goodness.
Also the maha-mantra
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
can be chanted on these occasions to avail full benefit of these festivals and to grow spiritually and also materially.
Q Who is Sun God?
The answer to this has been told in our main book Brahma Samhita. Lord Brahma, suggests that the sun is the Lord of all planets. Sun is like one eye of the Supreme Lord.
The cycle of time moves according to the orders of the Sun God. Therefore, accept my obeisances to that Lord Govind. That is, the Sun God does his work only according to the demands of the Supreme Lord Govind.
Q How can I celebrate Makar Sankranti 2024?
You can visit your nearest ISKCON Temple and attend the full morning program, enjoy ecstatic Kirtans, honor delicious prasadam and chant and be happy