makar sankranti is regarded as an auspicious festival, which removes the darkness with bright rays of the sun and fills the atmosphere with joy. this day marks the beginning of long, warm days and short nights.
sankranthi is celebrated across the length and breadth of andhra pradesh and telangana. it is celebrated for 3 days. houses are decorated. guests are invited, and sweets of different varieties are offered to them. the first day is bhogi. at dawn, a fire is lit and all old things are burnt signifying the knowledge of rudra, a form of lord shiva. in the evening, kids under the age of 8 are showered with indian jujube, also known as regi pandlu in telugu, mixed with coins to protect them from evil threats.
second day is the main occasion, makara sankranti. all members of family wear new traditional clothes and eat homemade delicacies. each house's threshold is decorated with colourful and attractive rangoli designs.
the third day is known as kanuma and is celebrated by feeding cattle. fun activities mark this festival. races, kite flying, and cockfights are some of the popular fun activities during sankranthi.
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happy makara sankranti 2018.
by: shailaja k