5 Fun activities for Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival. It is called Sankranti in Maharashtra and Gujarat but it is known by various names in various states. The idea of celebrating the festival is the same – thanking mother nature for the fresh harvest and cooking a meal with it.

Sankranti and Children

As we get more urbanized, our children are missing out on such rituals and their importance. I believe these festivals help inculcate a feeling of gratitude in our children. They appreciate the food on their table and are thankful to those who work hard in the fields to grow this food. I wanted my children to know the importance of this festival and include them in the celebrations.

 

Here are 5 fun activities that children can do in the house and enjoy being part of this festival

Rangoli

As Sankranti is a harvest festival there is a ritual of drawing a pot filled to the brim with food and is accompanied by sugarcane. Draw this and ask children to color it. This image holds significance as everyone is praying for such a bumper crop and are praying for an year full of abundance.

Til-Gul sweets

This is a simple sweet that can be made and has great health benefits too! As it is cold during the Sankranti festival, sweets made of til (sesame) + Gud (jaggery) and groundnuts are offered and eaten. Make a simple mixture of powdered jaggery, roasted and powdered sesame and groundnuts. Ask the children to make small balls of this mixture and let them eat some while making. This healthy sweet is fun to make and extra fun to eat!

Bhogi Meal

This is a meal made one day before the Makar Sankranti festival. In Maharashtra it is made from the fresh harvest and the typical menu includes Jowar Bhakri with Til, Mix vegetables curry and smoked Brinjal. Making bhakri is a fun activity for kids. Give them a small ball and let them press the ball of dough in their hands and make small bhakris. They can also help in de-seeding the beans and peas that go into the mix vegetable.

makar sankranti celebration with kids in Pune

Making and flying a kite

Another important ritual for Makar Sankranti is flying kites. Help your kids make a kite! It could be a decorative kite, not the one that can be flown. It could be something that they could stick in their room or they could paint a picture of kite flying. Finally if you do know how to fly a kite, teach this fun activity to your kids as well. Do remember to get thread manjha and not the nylon one.

Black Dress and sweet distribution

Another significance of the day is wearing black dress. It is done to conserve heat in the body as it is cold outside. In the evenings children in Maharashtra and adults alike distribute til-gud as say “Til gud gya ani goad bola’ ( May your words be as sweet as these sweets) Women visit each others house for Haldi – Kumkum. These small rituals bring about a feeling of unity and inculcate the habit of sharing. Ask your kids to do this and see them have fun sharing some sweets.

We also have a ritual where children under the age of 5 wear black dress and jewelry made of sugar sweets. A mixture of murmura, bora ( Indian plum) sweets, til-gud etc. is poured from their head. Other kids present rush to collect as much yummy treats as they can!

My activities are around Makar Sankranti as celebrated in Maharashtra. How is it celebrated in your state, city or country? Do share your thoughts in comments below.

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10 thoughts on “5 Fun activities for Makar Sankranti

    Gunjan (tuggu.n.mommy)

    (January 16, 2019 - 4:41 pm)

    Making Kites and flying kites were our favourites ones along with hogging chikki’s. Happy Makar Sankranti
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    Snehalata Jain

    (January 19, 2019 - 3:47 pm)

    Til gud Ladoos and flying the vibrant and colorful kites are such remarkable things of Makar Sankranti festival.Hope you had a good celebration too.

    Dipika Singh

    (January 19, 2019 - 5:56 pm)

    Makar Sankranti is a lovely festival, marking a new year and starting a fresh chapter of life with sweet something. In Punjabi community, Lohri marks same as makar sankranti and we enjoy with til and bon fires.
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    Kavita Singh

    (January 19, 2019 - 7:16 pm)

    In our pahadi culture, we make “ghughute” a kind of sweet dish and make a necklace out of it which small kids wear. I so enjoyed reading this post. I didn’t know about the black dress significance, thank you for sharing this.

    Snigdha Prusti

    (January 20, 2019 - 12:06 am)

    Makar Sankranti is an awesome festival.. I love the way you have mentioned to involved kids into the process of celebration.
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    princy

    (January 20, 2019 - 2:05 pm)

    this is a wonderful way to involve kids. we celebrate Lohri and its amazing to see them associate themselves and enjoying the traditions.
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    Pragnya Mishra

    (January 20, 2019 - 3:20 pm)

    As a child I used to assist my brothers to fly kites and this year we hadn’t celebrated much.Next year around I would ask Penguin to help e making til ladoo and more.
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    Anita

    (January 20, 2019 - 5:44 pm)

    Festivals need to be celebrated with families.
    Good food and kite flying will be loads of fun.
    A very helpful post.

    Nimmy

    (January 20, 2019 - 10:42 pm)

    Even though I have never celebrated makar Sankranti, I love how you people celebrate and enjoy it. And I’m sure all of the family would love doing these together.

    Tina Basu

    (January 21, 2019 - 4:27 am)

    Sankranti is an amazing festival. Its good to involve kids in all celebrations – they learn while they watch.

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