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Makar Sankranti/ Lohri/ Pongal (Hindu)

Makar Sankranti/ Lohri/ Pongal (Hindu)

Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal – all Hindu festivals celebrating the harvest season. For many farmers, this is the most important time of year, as it marks the end of the winter harvest and the beginning of the new growing season. The three festivals are often celebrated together, and each has its own unique traditions. Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the 14th of January and is marked by flying kites and eating sweets. Lohri, which falls on the 13th of January, is a more traditional festival, with bonfires and folk songs. Pongal, which takes place on the 15th of January, is celebrated by cooking rice and milk in a pot over an open fire. All three festivals are a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks for the bounty of the harvest.

Why not mark this occasion in your care setting by taking part in the below activities:

Activity Ideas:

  • Learn how to make Sweet Pongal (Sweetened Rice And Lentils) – here
  • Find out about Makar Sankranti with our fact sheet – here
  • Take part in the tradition of flying kites during Makar Sankranti and make your own – here