Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over the country albeit with different names. The Northeastern state, Tripura is also set to celebrate Makar Sankranti on Sunday with zeal and enthusiasm.
The locals of Tilthoi village under Panisagar Sub Division are busy making Rangolis in their courtyards.
Women, young girls all are busy in designing Rangoli (Alpana in Bengali ) colourful motifs in the courtyard of every house ahead of the celebration. Designing motifs on the occasion of Makar Sankranti is a big part of the Bengali ritual but over the years it has turned into a competition in the village.
People from far away visit the village during the Makar Sankranti celebration to take a look at these motifs. The women in the villages enjoy designing these motifs which brings joy to them.
To celebrate this harvest festival, in all Bengali homes, mothers and grandmothers get busy making a special kind of sweet called Pithe, which is traditionally made with rice flour. Another special food made during this celebration is Palm Jaggery (Khejurer Gur), which is only available in winter season.
Makar Sankranti commemorates the beginning of the harvest season.