Today on this auspicious day of Maghe Sankrantri, our next tomorrow’s chef have served the cultural foods with eye appealing plating and presentation.

Maghe Sankranti is a Nepalese festival observed on the first of Magh in the Vikram Sambat (B.S) calendar. Tharu people celebrate this particular day as New Year. It is also regarded as the major festival of the Magar community. Maghe Sankranti is similar to solstice festivals in other religious traditions.

Maghe Sankranti is regarded as marking the beginning of an auspicious phase in Nepalese culture. It is cited as the ‘holy phase of transition’. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Nepali family, this day on-wards. Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.

People believe the sun is the symbol of power, divinity, and wisdom hence they worship it on this day. On this day, people take baths in the morning which is supposed to be holy, in rivers. This bath is generally performed in Triveni (the point where three rivers meet).

Tharu community have culture of cutting pigs, boars, ducks, and hens at their homes for this particular day. Tharus perform several traditional cultural shows in Maghi.

The food we eat on the day of Maghi is also very popular. The food is based on the beliefs of Surya (sun). The foodstuffs include Till ko laddu (Brown Sesame seed Fudge), Chakku (Molasses), Ghee (Clarified Butter), Tilauri. Spinach and Yam’s curry is cooked as Maghe Shankranti’s special food. A special type of Spinach called Patne Palungo specially grown in Nepal and yam (the yam is Tarul in Nepali). They are said to provide warmth and energy to the body to function properly.

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