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Pitha-Puli, sweets mark Makar Sankranti celebration across houses
TIWN Jan 14, 2018
Pitha-Puli, sweets mark Makar Sankranti celebration across houses
PHOTO : Tripura celebrates Makar Sankranti. TIWN Pic Jan 14

AGARTALA, January 14 (TIWN): Across house to house Makar Sankranti celebrations have marked the Bengali traditional occasion of Poush-Sankranti.

All Bengali families women are now busy to making pithas for their family members. Holiday with sweets has cheered the children of the houses too.

Along with the capital city the rural Tripura geared up for Makar Sankranti with the entrance of the Bengali fragrance and the art of drawing alponas. Drawing alponas also to mark the day is considered as one of the major art, and when one takes his way to the rural Tripura the fragrance of Makar sankranti could be touched all across. This day is considered as one of the auspicious time of the year, and as it is to celebrate the harvest festival, the Bengalis make all sweets with rice and palm jiggery, available in winter months.

 Poush sankranti, the last day of the Bengali month Poush, is also known as Makar Sankranti and marks the day for harvest festival in Bengal.

On this day mother, grandmothers spend all day making some special homemade sweets which is popularly known as “Pitha”.

Most common delicious are Pathisapta Pitha, Puli Pitha, Dudh Puli and numerous other variety of Pithas and Payesh/Kheer/Rice pudding with Khejur gur (Kheer with date palm jiggery).

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. 

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