Hindu's all over the country celebrates Maghe Sankranti

15th Jan, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: Maghe or Makar Sankranti is being observed throughout the country today.  Maghe Sankranti is the festival of the Sun God, who is regarded as the symbol of power, dignity, and wisdom. 

This festival is especially observed by the communities like Newar, Magar, and Tharus. In this day, Hindus take the ritual bath in the early morning on the holy places all over the country. The bath is taken generally in Triveni - the place where three rivers meet). 

As per the astrological chart, the Makar Sankranti has a special significance as the sun enters the northern hemisphere from this day onwards.  On this day, the sun moves from the tropic of Capricorn to tropic of Cancer. It is believed that the days get longer from today itself.

People worship shrines of Load Vishnu by performing pujas and reading the sacred book of Bhagwat Geeta which is also known as “Song of God”. Also, certain auspicious foods like til laddoos (Sesame seeds ball cakes), Chaku (Molasses), ghee, sweet potatoes, khichari (the mixture of rice and lentils), Yam’s Curry and spinach are served as the special food of Maghe Sankranti.It is believed that having such food items helps us to become healthier and warmer during cold weather.

The Kirat community also celebrates this day as “Yele Dung” as their New Year. In this day Kirat King Yalambar invaded the Kathmandu valley and started his reign.