Sankranthi: A festival for Harvest

Sankranthi is a festival done by farmers of India which symbolizes the start of the harvest season.
Sankranthi is three day festival in Andhra Pradesh consisting of
1)Bhogi Panduga (Bhogi Pongal)
2)Pedda Panduga (Surya Pongal) and
3)Kanuma Panduga (Kanuma Pongal).

The auspicious day of Sankranthi is celebrated as auspicious three days festival especially in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh.The cultural greatness of Andhra Pradesh is at its best display during these three days.Women enjoy decorating and drawing infront of their houses,which is seen in every village and town of Andhra Pradesh. Many delicious sweets are prepared during this festival.Guests are invited especially the new in-laws so that people can mingle and enjoy the spirit of the festival together.

Sankranthi is the time to watch the cultural greatness of Andhra Pradesh where every village and town in Andhra is filled with drawings in front of their houses. There is also a cock fighting which is required in villages.

Makara Sankranti is celebrated in Kerala at Sabarimala where the Makara Jyothi is visible followed by the Makara Vilakku celebrations.

Every village and town in Andhra Pradesh is decorated with drawings infront of their houses [Muggulu]. Woman enjoy making of these drawings it a lot and every year they try to out do them selves. All the new in-laws are invited and many delicious sweets are prepared. Budabukkalavallu, Haridaslulu, Gangireddulavallu, and people decorated in mythological roles come to visit each and every house during this festival and they will be honoured. Cock fight is one of the most promonant events of this festival.

The first day of festival is Bhogi, in the night people light up fire with several old articles in their houses.The next day is Sankranti the big festival,on this day every one wear a new dress and pray to their favorite god and offer him all the sweets and dishes they prepare for the day and eat,many guests are invited for lunch on this day.on this day cock-fighting is a favourite pass time,and people bet in huge amounts and see that it is not known to police as it is a banned game in Andhra Pradesh. And on the third day it is Kanuma after eating too much of sweets on the festival day people eat meat on this day. Sankranti is however celebrated all over India.

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervor & gaiety. Lakhs (1 lakh = 100,000) of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar & Prayag and pray to Lord Sun. It is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of the country as Pongal, and in Punjab is celebrated as Lohri & Maghi. Gujarati's not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites all over the skyline. They may be trying to reach up to their glorious God or bring about greater proximity with the one who represents the best. It is a day for which Bhishma Pitamah kept waiting to leave his mortal coil.