January 14, 2006

Makar Sankranti/Pongal/Bhogi/Bhogali Bihu/Lohri greetings!

Wish you all peace, prosperity, happiness, good fortune, and good harvests on this auspicious day of January 14th, Makar Sankranti, filled with joy and so much fun.

To give you a brief background - It is harvesting time which is celebrated all over India often called as Indian thanksgiving festival season. This festive occasion is celebrated in many different ways; most common practices are gathering around, preparing traditional sweets, feasting with family and friends, exchanging greetings and pleasantries, etc. Unity in diversity is utmost visible everywhere during this festival season all over India. In Tamil Nadu, it is time for Pongal; in Assam, it is Bhogali Bihu; in Andhra Pradesh, it is called Bhogi; in Punjab, the harvest festival is called Lohri; and Makar Sankranti in rest of the country, Karnataka/Maharashtra/Uttar Pradesh/Bihar/Bengal.

We at My Dhaba will be cooking Ven Pongal today as Sankranti prasadam. We will get you the recipe details and pictures shortly. Pongalo Pongal! Pongalo Pongal! Pongalo Pongal!

PS: We had been to Kanyakumari a few weeks ago to show the kids the majestic sun rise from the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent (Cape Camorin). This picture was taken at that time.


Blogger Priya said...

happy pongal to u and ur family VKN. Kanyakumari has some beautiful shores , i like the meditation hall too. How is kanyakumari after tsunami ?

Blogger Sury said...

Best wishes on Sankranti to you and your family, VKN. Lovely shot of sunrise in Kanyakumari there. I hope you have a great weekend of festivities :)

Blogger vkn said...

Priya - Thank you very much. Tsunami had made a thorough cleaning of the land with very little damages to the people. We could not notice much changes there. The rock, temple, statue, etc., were all intact.

Blogger vkn said...

Sury - thank you very much. We could not capture the real sun rise due to clouds at this time, i.e., sun emerging out from the oceans like a big red ball. The entire sky was clear was otherwise. :-)

Blogger aspiring annapoorna said...

Happy New Year, and Happy Sankranti to you VKN.
You've mentioned what makar sankranti is to various parts of India. An addition: it is Uttarayan in Gujarat...a time to stay on the terrace for two days, and fly kites till your arms hurt. Everyone feasts on chikki made from peanuts, puffed rice, chana, sesame, etc etc., drinks loads of masala chai, and enjoys a winter mixed vegetable specialty - Undhiyu...with or without jalebis.

Blogger vkn said...

Wow! interesting info AA. I used to love kiteflying and had participated in many a kiteflying competitions at our native place, going to make one for my kids this week. I also love peanut chikkis, want to make that one too this week. Undhiyu is quite new to me. How do you make Undhiyu?

Blogger sushilsingh said...

Dear, Friend
Makar means Capricorn and Sankranti is transition. There is a sankranti every month when the sun

passes from one sign of the zodiac to the next. There are twelve signs of the zodiac, and thus there

are twelve sankranti's as well. Each of these sankranti's has its own relative importance but two of

these are more important - the Mesh(Aries) Sankranti and the most important, the Makar(Capricorn)

Sankranti. Transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn, during the winter solstice in the

northern hemisphere is known as Makar Sankranti.
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Anonymous sonali said...

Happy Pongal (:


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