Makara Sankranti is an important Indian festival, known by different names such as Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Magh Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in parts of central and north India, as Makar Sankranti in the west, and by several other names too in various other parts of India.
Makar Sankranti is just around the corner and Dallas is all ready for it. If you feel too distant from your culture, here are some of the main celebrations in the city for you to go and renew your social bonds of solidarity.
1. DFW Pongal Festival
Pongal is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Tamil diaspora worldwide. The Pongal celebrations in DFW area are arranged by DFW Tamil Friends – a community organization, in DFW Hindu temple, Irving. The celebrations mark the occasion to showcase traditional artworks, offer prayers, getting together with family and friends and enjoy traditional delicacies.
2. Makar Sankranti Celebrations
Organized by The Bhojpuriya Association of North America (BANA) every year, the event brings friends and family together and allow them to enjoy cultural programs, chura-dahi, aalo-dum, tilkut, pakore and other authentic delicacies with the community.
At the event, BANA team will also be seen collecting used clothes for the homeless shelter in Dallas.
3. Pongal/Lohri/Sankranti Festival
Radha Krishna Temple of Allen organizes these fun-filled celebrations. The program will highlight bonfire, rituals and pheri, prasad distribution, dance performances sequence with boliyan followed by punjabi dhol and authentic punjabi buffet.
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