- Celebrated on/during: January
Maghey Sakranti – Celebrating Our Connection to Mother Nature
Dear friends, we wish you all on the auspicious occasion of Maghey Sankranti – Makar Sankranti.
People in the mountains share a deep relationship with Mother Nature, and today we mark the day by consuming roots and shoots from the wild in honour of Mother Nature who has provided us bounties from the wild that have sustained us for generations.
• Ghar Tarul
• Ban Tarul
• Kusume Tarul
• Sakkar khanda
• Simal Tarul
• Iskus ko jara
What other varieties of tarul do you know?
Maghey Sakranti is also a special day as today, the Sun is believed to reach the furthest point in the southern hemisphere and starts to raise towards the north, hence legend says that Maghey Sakranti marks the renewal or rebirth of life in the northern parts of the world.
Especially in the mountains where the sun would be very feeble and weak in winter (of course that is during the pre-Global Warming days), the sun is supposed to pick up heat from today and start becoming warm again.
Hence Maghey Sakranti marked the day when farmers started to dig weed from their fields again.
Whatever be the actual cause, here in the mountains we just need a reason to celebrate… and celebrate we shall…
Ours is indeed a very nature-oriented culture – Let us preserve our unique traditional festivals!!