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THE FESTIVAL OF TRUTH, VIRTUE, RELIGION AND FOOD DELIGHTS
Shops across the city have stocked on colourful kites, sweets made of sesame and jaggery, puffed rice and more as the festive spirit is back with full gusto. City First brings to you the significance of the festival and some mouth-watering delicacies cherished by people of all age groups!
The night is considered as the symbol of sin, false and w r o n g d o i n g s , whereas, the day is regarded as the symbol of truth, virtue and religion. Charity forms a significant part of the traditions of Makar Sankranti and people go out of their way to feed cows and donate various items ot the needy. Also taking a holy dip on the day is considered auspicious people flock the religious places in the Uttar Pradesh to take a ceremonious bath in holy River Ganga. It is believed that taking dip in holy rivers provides moksha (salvation) from all the sins done previously. Much like the diversity of the name, several traditional sweet delicacies are prepared in every Indian household to celebrate this winter festival. There are mainly six varieties of traditional foods like Chikkis, Lai Pattis, Gud, Sewa ka Ladoo, Ramdana, Til ka Ladoo. Til is considered to be the most used item in the making of these traditional foods of Uttar Pradesh. Makar Sankranti is also referred to as Khichdi In Uttar Pradesh because this festival is a harvest festival and Khichdi is one of the important dishes of Makar Sankranti.