Sankranti marks the transition of the sun into a Rashi (zodiac) on its celestial path. Hence, there are 12 Sankrantis in a year when the sun travels from one Rashi to the other. Makar Sankranti marks the arrival of the sun into the Makar (Capricorn) Rashi.
Makar Sankranti marks the northward journey of the Sun (Uttarayana) and takes place 21 days after the winter solstice. Most Hindu festivals follow the lunar calendar and hence their dates in the western calendar keeps changing each year. Makar Sankranti, however, is a solar festival and hence, it remains relatively constant over the years.
Why did I say ‘relatively’ constant? Because, it does move a bit forward over the years. The reason for that is the earth’s tilt and the sliding of equinoxes and as a result of this, the festival that came on 31st December a thousand years ago, now comes on the 14th of January. Five thousand years later, it will come in the end of Feb!
Makar Sankranti is a major festival because it marks the beginning of the harvest season and also the end of an ‘inauspicious’ phase. It is celebrated almost all over the country in different ways with different names like Pongal, Lohri, Maghi, Makara Villaku etc.
I also celebrate it as my birthday!!! Yes, 14th of Jan is when I was born which is why this is why I love this festival. When I see all those kites flying in the sky, I feel like the pretty, colourful kites are wishing me on my birthday 🙂
So, I thought, that on this festive occassion, why not have a giveaway? I have this pretty set of Lancôme minis that one lucky Shringarista will get. The set includes a Star Bronzer in Bronze Solaire, Color Design Eyeshadow quad with shades Daylight, Amber Mystique, Pose and Couture and a Juicy Tube in Pink Horizon.
Rules of the Giveaway:
* This contest is open to my readers living in India only. Sorry for that, perhaps in my next giveaway I’ll make it International, but for now, it’s restricted to India.
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* I’m posting this now coz I wont be able to later today but the giveaway starts from midnight tonight. It starts on 14th Jan and ends on 21st Feb so I’ll announce the winner on 25th Feb which is my elder son’s birthday 🙂
So, that’s it….best of luck girls 🙂