Makar Sankranti is the first auspicious festival in the year that is celebrated in India. The festival is dedicated to Lord Surya and is also known as Sankranti or Makara Sankranta. It symbolizes the arrival of spring. The festival is observed throughout India and is celebrated in very different ways.
In Bengal, the day is noted for the Ganga Sagar Mela and Pithey parban while in Assam it is celebrated as Bhogali. Makar Mela is observed in Orissa while Lohri is celebrated in North India. In Central India, it is Sankranti, in Tamil Nadu it is observed as Pongal. In Kerala, the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage comes to an end with sighting of the Makaravilakku. While in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the festival is noted for the colorful kites soaring high in the sky.
Besides this, important celebration there is a custom of preparing and gifting Chikki to closed ones and relatives, on this special day. There’s a healthy reason behind this particular custom. Chikkis have positive impact on health due to its high nutritive value. The major advantage of consumption of these sweet is that it do not have any preservatives, colors and other impurities and thus are completely pure and hygienic. A single piece of Chikki provides enough levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein.
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