Jajpur,16/01/19:Large numbers tribals observed Makar Sankranti in the tribal dominated villages of Jajpur district on Monday .
This festival, unlike other Hindu festivals, is not dependent on the position of the moon, but on position of the sun. On this day, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn. To compensate for the difference that occurs due to the revolution around the sun, every eighty years the day of sankrant is postponed by one day. In the present period Makar-sankrant falls on 14th January.
Benefit of highest merit acquired by a Holy dip on the day of Makarsankrant: The time from sunrise to sunset on Makar-sankrant is auspicious. A Holy dip during this period carries special significance.
It is widely accepted that there is an inseparable relation between God and dance in tribal culture for which tribals danced on Sunday .
The tribes celebrated their festival with gusto and fervor. More than 60% of the population of tribals in Jajpur depends on agriculture and therefore most of their festivals revolve round agriculture. They consider their festivals sacred and so participation in these festivals including Makar festival is compulsory.
The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of tribals and display its extravaganza and traditions, said Sana Munda a tribal of Sukinda.
For visitors it means a closer understanding of the people and culture of tribals. The festival unites one and all and people enjoy the colorful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and religious ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Arunachal Pradesh and a part of Assam in the North with Manipur in the south. munity.
The prime festival is celebrated with pomp and grandeur by Adivasis and Non-Adivasis alike in the Oriya month of 'Pausha' and English month 'January' when the paddy reaping is half done and the mind is free from all lures and anxieties. Irrespective of caste, colour and crew and age all partake in religious gaiety and fervour.
The Makar fair sits at Dubari which pull a huge crowd.Lakhs of people took a holy dip in various rivers and ponds and offered prayers at different temples on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the festival of harvest.