Happy Makar Sankranti

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Makar Sankranti is an Indian festival celebrated in almost all parts of India. It is a harvest festival. Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional event. The most exciting thing about this festival is the kite flying. People believe that the direction of the wind changes on that day, and so they all come out into the streets to fly colorful kites and capture as many as possible. In Maharashtra on Makara Sankranti day people wear traditional dress with traditional jewellery (www.Hayagi.com) & exchange multicoloured halwa and til-gul laadoo. While exchanging til-gul as tokens of goodwill people greet each other with the words "तिळगुळ घ्या, आणि गोड-गोड बोला. The underlying thought in the exchange of til-gul is to forget the past ill-feelings and hostilities and resolve to speak sweetly and remain friends. The importance of sesame seeds is it keeps body warm and provide good oil, which is needed as winter dried up the moisture from body.

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