Kolkata: Makar Sankranti being celebrated across the state on friday. The auspicious day began at most all Bengali homes by preparing delicacies of nolen gur. Sweet dishes, favourite among all Bengalis during this time of the year, Pithe, Puli, Payesh are being prepared since morning at all homes across the state.
This day is annually celebrated marking the day of new crops. We can find relevance of the festival in ancient novels. Pithe and Payesh are made with powdered rice of the new crops. The festival is celebrated on the last day of the month of Poush.
Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional event. Makara Sankranthi is a solar event making it one of the few Hindu festivals which fall on the same date every year: 14 January, with some exceptions when the festival is celebrated on 15 January.
Read in Bengali: আজ পৌষ সংক্রান্তি, পিঠে-পুলিতেই আম-বাঙালি