President Bidyadevi Bhandari has expressed her best wishes for happiness, peace, health, and prosperity to all Nepali brothers and sisters at home and abroad on the auspicious occasion of the Maghe Sankranti and Maghi Festival celebrated in different communities of Nepal.
Mentioning that Maghe Sankranti or Makar Sankranti has been celebrated by various castes of Nepal with joy and Maghi festival is celebrated with pomp and ceremony in the Tharu community as their New Year, she said that Maghi festival is contributing to unite the diverse Nepali society in the spirit of greater national unity.
She also urged all to take care of their own health by adopting health safety measures in the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic.
“As it is associated with the process of sunset, the Maghi or Maghe Sankranti festival reflects the closeness of Nepali people's life and nature. Many of our festivals are thus interconnected with nature. As Nepali society is a beautiful confluence of nature and culture, we must embrace the underlying message that our behavior should be nature-friendly and environment-oriented, ”the President said in the message.
She said that the festival, which carries a cultural legacy handed down from ancient times, has made our social life a joyous occasion, thereby establishing the original identity of our nation before the world and increasing tolerance and cordiality among the community.
The arrow-shooting game is popular in the Magar community, and after bathing in the holy river Triveni, there is a tradition of worshiping and eating ghee, knife, yam, celeriac, sesame laddu (sweet dumplings), dhikri and khichdi.