This is the day the zodiac moves into Capricorn (Makar) so this date is “regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture,” with the “termination” of the inauspicious period and the start of longer and warmer days in the weeks ahead.
As with most Indian holidays and festivals, people celebrate with an exchange of sweets. On this day, it is most commonly a sweet made from sesame seeds called Til Ladoo, til meaning sesame seeds.
Very easy recipe to make I should add!
Turmeric Til Ladoo ~ Sesame Seed Sweet
1 cup raw sesame seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup jaggery (or brown sugar)
1 tbsp. ghee (or butter)
2 tsp. Arvinda’s Chai Masala
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
Method: Gently roast sesame seeds on a baking rack in the oven set at 200F for 10 minutes.
In a skillet, heat ghee and add in jaggery (or sugar) and stir to combine.
Allow to slightly cool and roll into small balls.
Enjoy, knowing that warmer days are soon on the way! But for the meantime…
“Laughter is an instant vacation.”
~ Milton Berle
A teaspoon of: Crystal Castles. Listening to: Sad Eyes.