For many desis in the diaspora, this weekend brings a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the traditions of harvest festivals that Indians everywhere observe this time of year.

Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri, Bihu or Uttarayan – India Currents has covered the significance of each over the years. Here are some of our stories to enjoy once more as you and your family celebrate this weekend – making decorations, lighting bonfires, going treating (no tricks here!), dancing, singing or flying kites.

San Jose resident Purnima Varma sings a traditional song to celebrate Lohri. Happy Lohri!

Purnima Varma (above) who lives in San Jose remembers her childhood days in Delhi, going to friends and neighbors to get some Lohri treats.

Sky Lanterns for Makar Sankranti in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (Image by Bhavishya Goel)



Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Pongal: Ways to Honor the Sun

Pongal celebrations in Tamilnadu








Pongal O Pongal: Not Just A Tamil Harvest Festival

Children celebrating Makar Sankranti


Of Sesame and Jaggery, A Friendly Tilgool

Kites: Photo by VD Photography on Unsplash








“Kool” Childhood Memories