Maghe Shakranti is celebrated in various ways in different parts of Nepal. By default, it is about eating various delicacies and enjoying the day in the best way possible. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s celebrations.
The following dance party organized to mark Maghe Shakranti is in full swing (photo credits Dilli Limbu):
In the following photo a huge crowd in Taruka, Nuwakot is waiting to witness a bull fight (Photo credits – Janak Raj Bhatta).
Although bull fight, popular in France is reticulated for brutality and inhuman killing of bulls, the Nepali version of bullfight doesn’t involve any blood-shed and is fun for people. People from all over Nepal (specially from Kathmandu) come to enjoy the event.
The first day of the month Magh is celebrated as Maghe Shakranti or Makar Shakranti. On the day, the most popular ingredients to make delicious food in Nepal are ghee, chaku and boiled yam (locally known as ghyu, chaku, and tarul).
More details on Maghe Shakranti (posted last year)
In Nepal and India, various sweets with sesame seeds are also prepared and eaten on the day. Our own version of ‘rice kipsies,’ commonly known as "muraiko laddu" in Nepal, are also popular, specially among the kids.
In the photo above, delicious varieties of delicacies for Makar Shakranti like Til barphee, til laddoo, badam-til laddoo, til-potlis, and gud-murmura laddu (muraiko laddu) are shown. They were prepared and photographed by Anjana Rana.