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Karnataka celebrates Makar Sankranti with traditional fervour and enthusiasm

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People in Karnataka are celebrating Makar Sankranti with traditional fervour and enthusiasm today. The day indicates the end of winter and the start of summer days. Black sesame seed is used today while taking baths and sesame oil lamps are lit in temples.

Thila tarpana is offered to the departed souls and thil is also given as daan. Youngsters offer Ellu Bella, which is a sesame seed, groundnut, and jaggery mixture to the elders and seek their blessings. Sugarcane is also exchanged.

In rural Karnataka decorated cows and bulls are displayed and their procession is done and they are also made to crossfire this custom is known as “Kichchu Haayisuvudu”. The villagers can be seen going to the temple in bullock carts that are innovatively decorated today. 

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