‘Sankranti’ — A Great Celebration in India !

February 22nd, 2010 by MONI

Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. Traditionally, this has been one of many harvest days in India.
Owing to the vast geography and diversity of culture in India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and location.

Sweets to Thank GOD … Payesh, Puli Pitha, Patishapta and Til-gur.

In Maharashtra, tilguls made from til (sesame seeds) and sugar and til-laddus made from til and jiggery are exchanged as tokens of goodwill people greet each other saying – ‘til-gul ghya, god god bola’ meaning ‘accept these tilguls and speak sweet words’. The under-lying thought in the exchange of tilguls is to forget the past ill-feelings and hostilities and resolve to speak sweetly and remain friends.
Philosophically we Thank GOD for his creations and express by celebrating along with the Nature and with prayers also.
Psychologically, doing things together creates unity and prosperity. Like when standing in a circle, if our close neighbours sit while we stand, there is a mental stress, but all sitting and standing together gives a great feeling.
An incidence: Mr. Mullah came into the cabin saying “Good Morning”. I asked, “ Where is the ‘Til-gur’?” As the occasion of ‘Sankrant’ is celebrated by saying ‘Tilgur ghyaa an Gol-gol bolaa’ (have Tilgur and speak sweetly). Mullah replied, “We do not do it”. Then I asked, “What do you do on ‘Sankrant’?” He again reiterated “we do not have it”. I asked “then from where are you?”. He said, “I am from Saangli in Maharashtra”. I said, “Mr.Deokule, who is also from Saangli district, just now gave me Tilgul”. “What is the problem, we are acknowledging the climatic change, are you left out?” He replied, “It is not in our Quraan”.
I explained to him that Islaam as Al Quraan took birth in the Arabian Desert with its particular culture due to its climate. So ‘Sankrant’ is Indian and we can very well be aware of the climate here and thank Allah. He started talking about One GOD and Idols. I told him Mr. Deokule is a member of Radha-Saomi and they too do not believe in Idols. He was surprised as he did not care to know about his friends and their philosophy.
I talked about the Hajj and how some of the rituals are similar to our Shiva temple, like entering the Temple (Kaabah) wearing unstitched cloth without intake of non-veg. food (Ifraad), the circumambulation of the Lingh (Hajr-al-Aswad). Also told him that relating Similarity instills closeness. ‘Birds of the same feather flock together’ …. like when we meet someone from our locality in some other country. Now if he does not like the climate of his village he can stay anywhere else. The Best he can accept the goodness of the Festival (as in Rabbana Duaa) and be with the Main-stream  of India and also he could distribute Til Gur in the mosque after prayers.

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3 Responses

  1. Swapan Says:

    We should accept the Culture of the land and not force others’ culture on someone.
    This culture has been built up from Ages due to the lands geographical conditions. Many cultures, animal, plants, birds are lost to history due to Human compulsion. We now enjoy seeing them in Museums ?

  2. Sanjeev Sharma Says:

    We have to understand and appreciate the festivals. Joining people in there sorrows and happiness is great.
    The enjoyment of success is very important, we must celebrate life. For a farmer it is his annual reports.

    In rome do as the romans do, good you educated this gentleman.

    There are good teaching in all relegion, we must act like a chalini and take out the best.

  3. Jashodhara p Says:

    Sankranti is a cultural festival which should be celebrated by all Indians. It is a festival to welcome the season. It has also a geographical importance.
    The photos in the articles are really mouth -watering. They look delicious.
    Thank you for the photos and the article.

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