Maghe Sankranti festival is one of the popular Nepalese festival. Which is also called Makar Sankranti. The people of this country celebrate it with their heart open. That’s why there is a public holiday on this occasion. It falls on the 1st of Magh (Nepali date). People believe this day is the change of season and welcoming summer. Maghe Sankranti festival is the festival of God, Sun. It is also known as the symbol of power, wisdom. People will have Chaku, Tilko Laddu, Tarul and ghee that we can see in most of the houses.
On this day people also go and take a bath in the river. Rivers like Devghat, Dolalghat, Baraha Kshetra, Ridi (Kaligandaki river), The Sachi Tirtha at Trivenighat and other rivers are famous for taking a bath with spiritual purpose. Many devote from India come here for a holy dip. People of Terai region are more likely to celebrate it.
Maghe Sankranti Festival is also called Makar Sankranti.
Maghi Festival of Tharu Community
Maghe Sankranti is also called Maghi. Maghi is the New Year of Tharu community of Nepal. It had also been declared as the National festival of Nepal. Tharu people celebrate it with their family together, celebrate with dance and have a delicious feast.
Traditionally, Tharus make plans for the entire year during Maghi. The responsibility is given to each member of the family. If any member of the family makes mistakes, the case is discussed on this day. And even if anyone is not satisfied with the performances of individual they have to carry their duties for a year. Similar like Tharu community, on the day of Maghe Sankranti people from Magar community also celebrates the beginning of their New Year.
Bull fighting at Taruka Village
On the occasion of Maghe Sankranti, every year Taruka village of Nuwakot organizes Bull fight (Ox fight). It also believes that people dying this day will directly go to the heaven without suffering and get a rebirth.
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