Sesame seeds and kites? It’s 'Makar Sankranti' in Goa!

Evelyn Siqueira

Makar Sankranti is a festival which is celebrated all over India, as well as in Goa.

Makar Sankranti | Goa

Makar Sankranti is celebrated on January 14/15 annually.

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The occasion marks the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn (Makar).

Makar Sankranti | Goa

Flying kites is the most notable observance of the festival which marks the end of winter.

Makar Sankranti | Goa | kites | Pic credit: Rohan Fernandes

In Maharashtra and Goa, the festival is popularly known as Haldi Kumkum.

Makar Sankranti | Goa

Tilgul, a sweet made of sesame seeds and jaggery, is distributed on the occasion.

Makar Sankranti | Goa | til gul | Pic credit: Rohan Fernandes

Haldi Kumkum is also an opportunity for married women to get together, visit each other and exchange gifts.

Makar Sankranti | Goa

Gifts are generally small items such as bangles, hankies, towels, talc or other trinkets.

Makar Sankranti | Goa

Devotees abstain from consuming non-veg food, onion and garlic.

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