Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous Sankranti. Here's a visual treat with a collection of festival pictures. Have a great time, everyone.
My mother-in-law and i took a little more than an hour yesterday evening to make this Sankranti muggu (design made with rice flour) in front of our house. The muggu is then decorated with turmeric, vermilion, some regi pallu, tomatoes or dosakaya (lemon cucumber?) and coins. The right side design was done entirely by me. I used to do these designs with mom when i was much younger, but have lost touch when i left my home town and state and country for higher education and then job. It was great to find out i could still do this. Though i have to admit that i practised thrice on paper before starting with the rice flour on the floor. It starts with 25 dots, continuing with 23, 21 so on up to 1 by reducing one dot on each side. The dots are then joined to make the design. The muggu made with lines as seen on the left is the more traditional one for Sankranti.
The husband was flying this kite while i had the camera in hand. I had to extend to the end of the optical zoom limit to get this close to the kite which was quite high in the sky.
Haridasulu (above) and Gangireddulu (below) are a mark of the traditional Sankranti festival celebration in Andhra Pradesh.