The festive colours

The festive colours

The festive colours

To mark the first grand celebration of the year, the City is gearing up in vibrant attires and whipping up special dishes for ‘Makara Sankranthi’.

With the hope of celebrating the festival zealously, all the enthusiasts are stepping out of their homes to fly kites. Sending greeting cards to friends and relatives, uploading a number of selfies and visiting temples are some of the common practices. Ringing in the festive spirit, youngsters in the City share some of their memories associated with this season.

Say it with sweets

Keerthana Kalappa, a BE student of BMS College of Engineering, says, “Whenever I think of ‘Sankranthi’, what comes to my mind is  ‘pongal’, ‘yellu-bella’ and sugarcane.  Like every year, this year too, I am looking foward to having all these delicacies and great moments too.”

Counting on sugarcane

Sohn Saldanha, a BSWstudent of St Joseph’s College, says, “Relishing sugarcane is one of the best parts of this festival. Celebrating ‘Sankranthi’ with friends and family and
making ‘kai (coconut) obbattu’ are some of my fond memories of the festivals.  I hope to do the same this year.”

Of kites and ‘khichdi’

Arunima Singh, a BSc  (FAD) student of Army Institute of Fashion and Design, says, “I have vivid memories
of the festival. I remember the joy of family get-togethers and the excitement of
flying kites. Talking of food, ‘khichdi’ is the one dish that I look forward to year after year.”

Harvesting hard work

Akash Yadav, a BSc (FAD) student of Army Institute of Fashion and Design, says, “This harvest festival is very important, especially because it is for farmers. Their hard work finally pays off and we celebrate their success as well. As for us, we dress in our best ethnic outfits and distribute sweets to friends and family.”

Pulling the strings

Tripti Shrivastava, a BE student of BMS College of Engineering, says, “ On the festive day, the morning is spent checking how the wind is blowing (to fly kites). Then there’s a sumptuous lunch and endless family conversations.  I look forward to all these with excitement.”

Charity begins at home

Tanvi Sinha, a BSW student of St Joseph’s College, says, “Growing up in North India, I remember ‘Sankranthi’ day was always cloudy. But once I moved here, I started flying kites. We make ‘khichdi’ and distribute blankets to the poor as well. It’s been a custom in my household.”