Right after New Year’s eve, most of us start counting the dates of the upcoming festivals. As you know, Makar Sankranti is the first festival of the year. So the preparations and excitement for Sankranti is more than other festivals that fall in the days to come.
Do you know what the unique part of Makar Sankranti (festival of harvest) is?
It is one festival which is not celebrated by one particular community but in myriad forms by many communities.
The names of Makar Sankranti are truly diverse – if there is Pongal in Tamil Nadu, there is Bihu in Assam. There is Maghi in Punjab and Sankranti in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Sankranti is celebrated in Gujarat (called Uttarayan) and Jaipur too.
What’s The Connection Between ‘Black’ And Sankranti
No doubt, the delicacies dished out for Makar Sankranti are awesome. So is the gorgeous makar sankranti dress code. But Western India, particularly Maharashtra, observes the tradition of makar sankranti black clothes (though most of us treat ‘black’ as inauspicious).
Says a homemaker “It is kind of customary for us to wear black on this day, and there is no such cultural relevance that supports this ritual. As per our forefathers, about 50 years ago, there was a custom that said that women should wear a Chandrakala saree that is specially woven for this day. This saree is embossed with crescent moons and star-sands in zari. However, it gets very difficult to find an authentic Chandrakala saree out here. Hence, we usually wear anything in black either a salwar kameez or a black saree donned with a zari border, it could also be something in cotton or a Paithani”.
Guess the scientific reason behind wearing black colored outfits on Makar Sankranti?
Another person interviewed says, “It is the day when the Sun starts its northern movement hence this day marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Being the last day of winter, this day turns out to be the coolest day of the entire season. That is one of the most appropriate reasons people wear black since the colour absorbs the cold and keeps the body warm from within.”
Well-said, don’t you think?
Wardrobe Stunners For Sankrant
So when you are celebrating Makar Sankranti, you have to dress like a ‘DIVA’ not like a plain jane.
Let us have a look at the tips Bollywood stars have for us – whether it comes to sankranti saree or yellow sarees and dresses for sankranti.
Black – the evergreen style when it comes to makar sankranti dress code.
For a formal celebration, don’t miss these makar sankranti black clothes.
Add a colorful perspective to sankranti saree.
Made-for-each-other is this Chandrakala sari on Makar Sankranti.
Silk sari for Pongal is a good start to makar sankranti.
After wedding, if it is your first Makar Sankranti, then do try out outfits like these. You will undoubtedly look gorgeous!
The festival of Pongal is all delight with these type of saris.
Give lavish celebrations a lavish touch with this black ‘gotta patti’ kurta churidar on industrialist wife-n-socialite Nita Ambani. A wonderful example of makar sankranti black clothes.
For low-key celebrations, this makar sankranti black clothes ensemble worn by Rani Mukherji is simple and stylish.
Why yellow, even Black and Gold makes such wonderful makar sankranti dress code.
Running around on the festival? Outfits like these are so easy to manage, they get you praises.
Who minds pop of colors on the black sankranti saree worn by Sonakshi Sinha? In Bollywood language, rango se dar nahi lagta sahab…
You can look beyond the black on Makar Sankranti. A check sari makes one stylish statement you can’t miss out on.
Clean cuts give such a fuss-free appeal. The lady in this outfit shows how one can impress on Sankranti minus the sari.
Wearing a Manish Malhotra dress for Sankranti is like a topping on the cake. Sorry, I mean the occasion.
Navy blue and gold is in trend. A unique departure it is from makar sankranti black clothes, yellow sarees and dresses for sankranti and sankranti saree.
Bebo is proving a point. That wearing black on auspicious festivals like Makar Sankranti is good to ward off evil (or perhaps get the cash registers ringing in her next movie release Veere Di Wedding).
If it’s your first Pongal after marriage, stand out (while sitting) in a kamarbandh!
Not always you have to wear heavy stuff on Pongal or Sankranti. When you wear this sheer lightweight sari, you will look effortlessly elegant.
More Of Yellow
The festival of harvest is incomplete without yellow (as much as black). It’s a colour which is more associated with Sankranti. If you don’t have enough yellow outfits to wear for makar sankranti 2019, why feel bad? Here are some lovely yellow outfit ideas for you.
White And Yellow Half And Half Saree:
Let the charm of delicate thread work on this sankranti saree win many hearts.
Tussar Silk Saree:
Simple and classy, this yellow saree should be the wardrobe essential of every woman this Sankranti.
Red And Yellow Georgette Saree:
Embellished red border on this yellow saree is a must-have this Sankranti!
Yellow And Green Suit:
This vibrant yellow straight suit paired with a green churidar and a printed dupatta can make you the “life” of Sankranti celebrations.
Ladies, you have a vast choice now on dressing up for makar sankranti. On the Indian and ethnic side, you can wear a traditional sari or a kurta; on the Western side, there are palazzos. Whatever you chose, select vibrant colors like fuschia or tangerine.
BTW, there is something called jewels too. So, add a piece of jewelry in order to complete the look. If you are a lady who enjoys flying kites on the terrace, just be careful in selecting your attire. Don’t wear anything loose which might get entangled in your feet.
Loved these makar sankranti dresses? Which outfit and color did you like the most? Do you wear “black” on this day? Do mention in the comments below and tell us why.
Here is wishing you all a very Happy Makar Sankranti and Pongal! Keep wearing and flaunting what you like the most. And don’t miss gobbling til ke ladoo and chikki or holding a special puja called haldi-kumkum.