Sankranti Traditions & Customs

                          Makara Sankranti is also to honour, worship and to pay respect to the word mother,Saraswati Maa(Goddess of Knowledge).This period is also considered an ideal time for aspirants to satisfy "the goals of life".

                          The day preceding Makara Sankranti is called Bhogi and this is when people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation.On this ocassion, people prepare sweets and distribute for their friends and relatives. It is a time for families to congregate. Brothers pay special tribute to their married sisters by giving gifts as affirmation of their filial love. Landlords give gifts of food, clothes and money to their workforce.

                          On the day after Makara Sankranti, the animal kingdom is remembered and in particular, the cows. ' Young girls feed the animals, birds and fishes as a symbol of sharing. Travel is considered to be inappropriate, as these days are dedicated for re-union of the families. Pongal in this sense demonstrates their strong cultural values as well as a time for change and transformation. And finally, gurus seek out their devotees to bestow blessings on them.