Makar Sankranti (also known as Makara Sankranti or Maghi) is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya (sun). It is observed each year in January. It marks the first day of sun’s transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
The festivities are known by various names such as Lohri by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Makara Sankranti (Pedda Pandaga) in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Sukarat in central India, Magh Bihu by Assamese, and Pongal by Tamils.
Our school organized special assembly for Sankrathi where our PP tiny tots came in colourful attire. Facilitators decorated the ground with colourful rangoli and flowers. The facilitators were instated about the facts and celebration of Makar Sankranthi. They were told that Sankranti is celebrated for four days in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – Bhoghi, Makar Sankranti, Kanuma and Mukkanuma. They were told the significance of each day in detail.
Various cultural programmes depicted the significance of Sankranthi, Gobbiyallu, Basavanna, Haridasu etc. Muthyala Muggullo. A dance by Primary students had the audience spell bound. Later to enhance the festivities in the children, they make takeaway of kites made with colourful paper. DWS students very enthusiastically took part in the event.
Learning objective: The significance of Makar Sankranti celebration in Telangana state.