The whole of India celebrates Makar Sankranti, or the Harvest Festival. This day marks the transition of the Sun into the Makara rashi (Capricorn). The festival is celebrated as Sankranti (in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal), Pongal in (Tamil Nadu), Bihu (in Assam) and Maghi (in Punjab & Himachal Pradesh). For millions of people, it’s a colorful, joyous festival; the coming home of fresh harvest and a new beginning all over.
Many villages in India host carnivals and fairs during Makar Sankranti. Every house is spring-cleaned and decorated with leaves and flower garlands. In many houses special Makar Sankranti dishes are prepared. People visit their friends and relatives with gifts and sweets as per the local customs. There is a wonderful energy in the air on this festival that brings renewed hope and joy to people’s hearts.
On this day, make it a point to wish your friends and family members and gift them a surprise. Think in terms of gift cards, gift vouchers or e-gift vouchers from brands that signify new beginnings. Gift cards from @Home, Home Stop and the like would be ideal for your loved ones to select home décor and furnishing items. Gift cards for electronics from brands like Croma, E-zone, Reliance, Viveks also make good gifting options. For your immediate family, Jewellery gift cards from brands like Tanishq and Joyalukkas would be extremely apt for an auspicious new beginning.
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(Post updated on 7 Jan 2016)