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Tilashini IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 12 January 2011 at 11:12pm | IP Logged
HAPPY LOHRI TO ALL CBians & IF members

Lohri, is celebrated every year on 13th of January. It is a festival to worship fire. Lohri Festival is celebrated with great pomp in North India. At this time Earth starts moving towards the sun marking the auspicious period of Uttarayan.At night, people gather around the bonfire and throw til, puffed rice & popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. Prayers are offered to the bonfire seeking abundance & prosperity. People make merry by dancing & singing traditional folk songs.



The word 'Pongal' means 'boiling over' in Tamil. Pongal is a harvest festival, a celebration of the prosperity traditionally associated with the harvest of crops. Harvest plays an important part in agricultural based societies. Since the Sun is vital to the bounty of paddy and other plantations, this festival is a thanksgiving to the 'Sun God'. Hence Pongal is important for farmers and this festival is celebrated in a grand manner in villages.

Pongal is predominantly celebrated in the Southern States of India and especially in Tamil Nadu.In North India, Pongal festival is called 'Makara Sankaranthi', while in Punjab and Haryana it is celebrated as Lohri festival.

Edited by Tilashini - 13 January 2011 at 1:26am

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misti73 IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 12 January 2011 at 11:58pm | IP Logged
Happy Lohri and Happy Pongal to everyone celebrating them and also Happy Makarsankranti too.

Edited by misti73 - 13 January 2011 at 12:14am

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PutijaChalhov IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 13 January 2011 at 12:38am | IP Logged
Sankranti is celebrated all over South Asia with some regional variations. It is known by different names and celebrated with different customs in different parts of the country.

In India it is known by different regional names

In other countries too the day is celebrated but under different names and in different ways

Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. According to the lunar calendar, when the sun moves from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn or from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana, in the month of Poush in mid-January, it commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon in South India. The movement of the earth from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makar in Hindi, this occasion is named as Makar Sankranti in the Indian context. It is one of the few Hindu Indian festivals which are celebrated on a fixed date i.e. 14th January every year.

Makar Sankranti, apart from a harvest festival is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture. It is said as the 'holy phase of transition'. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Hindu family, this day onwards. Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.

All over the country, Makar Sankranti is observed with great fanfare. However, it is celebrated with distinct names and rituals in different parts of the country. In the states of northern and western India, the festival is celebrated as the Sankranti day with special zeal and fervor. The importance of this day has been signified in the ancient epics like Mahabharata also. So, apart from socio-geographical importance, this day also holds a historical and religious significance. As, it is the festival of Sun God and he is regarded as the symbol divinity and wisdom, the festival also holds an eternal meaning to it.

In year 2011 Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on the 15th January 2011. Though it is usually celebrated on the 14th of every year, 2011 is an exception where the festival falls on 14,15 and 16th of January, where 14th beging Bhogi, 15th Makara Sankranthi and 16th Kanuma.


Edited by chalhov - 13 January 2011 at 12:54am

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anusha34 Goldie

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Posted: 13 January 2011 at 12:47am | IP Logged
Happy Pongal and Happy Lohri to CBians who are celebrating


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Tazzi Goldie

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Posted: 13 January 2011 at 4:57am | IP Logged

Happy Lohri, Pongall and Mahasanskranti to everyone:):)

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ashna26 IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 13 January 2011 at 5:33am | IP Logged

Happy Lohri and Happy Ponggal to every CBIANS!!! Smile

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Posted: 13 January 2011 at 6:08am | IP Logged

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Angie12 IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 13 January 2011 at 6:11am | IP Logged
Happy Lohri, Pongal and MakarSankranti to all CB forum friends.  With the cold wave going on,  need that Lohri fire.

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