Makar Sankranti, the festival of kites, til gud and more…

Makar Sankranti or Sankranti is the harvest festival celebrated across India as well as Nepal. In India, it has special significance as this is celebrated in different form in different regions of the country. It also signifies summer and the northward journey of Sun which is called ‘Uttarayan’.

Though celebrated throughout the country, in Maharashtra, it is celebrated for 3 consecutive i.e. ‘Bhogi’, ‘Sankrant’ and ‘Kinkrant’ respectively. This is done in honour of ‘Goddess Sankranti’ who killed the Demon on this day. Men often celebrate this festival by flying kites and participating in kite flying competition. Whereas women exchange Haldi Kumkum while also sharing til gud.

Why this festival is even more embraced is the reason that on this day, people exachange til gud and say the popular term – “tilgul kha god god bola”. Which translates to eat the Til Gud & speak sweet i.e. leave behind all the hatred/anger and be good to everyone. Thus, this festival emphasis the gesture of forgiveness and love, making this one of the most celebrated festival in India.

Along with the til gud, there are various other recipes made in Maharashtra during Makar Sankranti, Below we have listed some of these, do try them this Makar Sankranti.