More often than not, religion is deeply embedded with the culture of the land, and Gangasagar, held on Makar Sankranti is no exception to that norm.
Gangasagar is more than a pilgrimage; it is the intermingling of emotions with faith; it is the celebration of life itself.
In many parts of India this is the time of harvest and for some it the season after crops have been sowed. So, it comes as no surprise that people want to show their respect to the Sun God for bestowing upon them the ideal climate. Besides this they also show their gratitude towards the earth, the crops and the cattle.
Various sweet dishes are made at Indian households comprising fresh ingredients like sesame and jaggery.
The celebrations are not only centered around food. A significant practice is the flying of kites. Originally a north-Indian phenomenon, this has become very popular and spread to many parts of India. In Delhi, January 14th is celebrated as Kite Flying Day every year.
Thus, we see that it is deeply embedded in the social fabric of the land, an indispensable part of its culture that keeps everyone bound together.