|Khichdi-purv and Makar Sankranti
|Description of Khichdi-purv
|Khichdi-purv is a regional festival celebrated in certain parts of India, which coincides with the festival of Makar Sankranti. It is named after 'khichdi,' a dish made from rice and lentils, which is commonly prepared and consumed during this festival.
|Relation to Sankranti
|Khichdi-purv is essentially a local name for the festival of Makar Sankranti in some regions. Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn (Makara in Sanskrit) and is associated with the harvest season.
|Significance of Khichdi-purv
|The festival symbolizes the beginning of the harvest season and the end of the winter solstice. Eating khichdi on this day is believed to bring good health, prosperity, and peace. It is also a time for social gatherings and paying respect to the gods, particularly the Sun deity.
|How it is celebrated
|Celebrations include preparing and sharing khichdi, taking holy dips in rivers, flying kites, and giving alms to the poor. People also visit temples, perform puja, and make resolutions for the coming year.
|Difference from Makar Sankranti
|While Khichdi-purv is specifically associated with the preparation and consumption of khichdi, Makar Sankranti is a broader festival with diverse regional practices. Makar Sankranti may involve different traditions such as kite flying, bonfires, and feasts that include a variety of dishes beyond khichdi.
Traditional cards for Makar Sankranti
Modern art card showing spirit of Sankranti