Makar Sankranti, the first festival of the year is here and in India, Sankranti which is also known as Harvest festival is celebrated with great zeal and fervor. The festival marks the movement of the sun into the Makar (Capricorn) sun sign. It also marks the end of winters and start of longer days. This harvest festival which is a significant day for farmers is known as Suggi Habba or Makar Sankramana in Karnataka and people will celebrate the same today. Suggi Habba is one of the pious and important festivals of Karnataka. Also Read - Makar Sankranti 2018: Bollywood Songs That Celebrate The True Spirit of Kite Flying

Happy Makar Sankranti 2018: Best Sankranti Messages on WhatsApp And Greetings to Celebrate the Kite Flying Festival

Happy Makar Sankranti 2018: Best Sankranti Messages on WhatsApp And Greetings to Celebrate the Kite Flying Festival



As per rituals, on this pious day, everyone wears new clothes visit and greet their loved ones and exchange a special foodstuff which is a mixture includes ellu (sesame seeds) mixed with groundnuts, coconut and jaggery and the mixture is known as “Ellu Bella” and the ritual is known as “Ellu Birodhu”. The plate also includes sugar candies known as Sakkare Acchu and piece of sugarcane.  Just like Maharashtra’s Sankranti saying “til gul ghya and god god bola” in Karnataka people say “ellu bella thindu olle maathadi” that roughly translates to ‘eat the mixture of sesame seeds and jaggery and speak only good.’ Also Read - Happy Makar Sankranti 2018: Best Hindi Sankranti Wishes, Facebook Messages And SMS to Send This Festive Season

During the occasion, newly married women give away bananas for five years to married women from the first year of her marriage. Kite flying, drawing rangolis, giving away of red berries known as Yalchi kai are some of the intrinsic parts of the festival. Another vital ritual in rural Karnataka is the display of decorated cows and bulls and their procession is done and they are also made to cross a fire and this custom is known as “Kichchu Haayisuvudu”. We wish you all a very happy Suggi Habba and Makar Sankranti. Also Read - Makar Sankranti 2018 in Tamil Nadu: How Thai Pongal is Celebrated