AtreyaSarma Uppaluri (Hyderabad, AP, India)
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Sankranthi or ‘Sun’kranthi (the way I prefer it) or Makara Sankranthi is a major Hindu festival marking the transition of Sun into Capricorn and occurs in mid January, about 21 days after the tropical Winter Solstice. It’s a festival of farmers and of harvest and of their cattle, of increased human activity and enlightenment. The goddess of wealth, Maha Lakshmi is invoked, among others. Lot of fun and frolic is associated, with children loving to play their kites, and girls and women drawing up symbolic geometrical patterns in their courtyards and displaying an array of various dolls in their houses. A lot more events happen during the Sankranthi festivities. The Sankranthi-2009 was celebrated under the shadow of the terrorist strike of Mumbai on Nov 16,2008.]
Come the warm and bright ‘Sun’kranthi,
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