Indian Ethnic Wear Collection

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Channel India’s cultural glory!

Join Makar Sankranti and Uttaryan fun – in gorgeous Indian style – wear traditional Indian dresses or add Indian fusion elements to your harvest festivals’ wardrobe – with Saree.com’s special collection of sarees, salwar suits and fusion dresses.

All about Makar Sankranti

14th January marks an annual celestial event – the Sun moves to the Zodiac Sign Capricorn, as per the Hindu calendar. This is called as Makar Sankranti. The tough winters are on their way out – and days start becoming longer now. This time hold a great significance in the agricultural economy of India. Crops are ripe – ready to be harvested. And, it’s time to thank Mother Nature for her bounties!

Thus, Makar Sankrati – a popular harvest festival – is celebrated across India – albeit in umpteen unique ways. Known by different names in various parts of the country, the harvest festivals begin from 12th-13th January onwards, lasting a few days – though, 14th January – popularly known as Sankranti and Uttarayan, remains the most celebrated day.

Time to have fun!

Sankranti is celebrated with great fervor. In Maharashtra, this popular festival is deeply associated with sesame seeds’ sweets like Tilgul – sesame seeds and jiggery. Across India, people celebrate by wearing new & colorful Indian ethnic outfits, exchanging sweets, giving donations, flying colorful kites, dancing, meeting & partying - and indulging in winter special goodies like Undhiyu, Jalebi, Poori, Tilgul, Til Chikki, Sing Chikki, Peanuts, Rewri and Gajjak. The days surrounding Sankranti are typical ‘family and friends’ times – reverberating with vivacious bonhomie and warmth. People are in a mood to dress up, meet their loved ones & relatives - and have fun!

Uttaryan

In Western India, specifically in the state of Gujarat – Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the most colorful way. People gather in hordes early in the morning on 14th and 15th January – and indulge in hours of kite flying and friendly banter. The terraces and streets are brimming with crowds – milling around in lovely Indian dresses and multi-hued kites. Undhiyu is a popular recipe made of mixed winter vegetables – that’s a must during Uttarayan.

Lohri

In Punjab and major parts of Northern India, Lohri is observed a day before Sankranti i.e. on 13th January. Folk dances of Punjab - Giddha and Bhangra – and sumptuous peanut and sesame seeds sweets are musts on Lohri. Women wear gorgeous Salwar Suits – in all sorts of bright colors and designs, while men typically wear long or short kurtas. Girls also wear Indo-Western suits and fusion dresses like a plain lehenga paired with a crop top. People dancing merrily to the contagious beats of dhol and huge campfires are a common site on every street!

Bihu and Pongal

In North Eastern states of Indian, especially Assam – this time marks the annual festival Bihu – characterized by Assamese folk dance by the same name (Bihu), while in the Southern states, this time – beginning 14th January – is called as Pongal.

Pongal – a special dish made of rice and lentils is cooked and serves, as women dress up in grand silk sarees, also known as Pongal sarees to celebrate this time. For Bihu, women usually wear the red and white sarees and Bengali sarees.

Dress up for Uttaryan and Sankranti

Well, the name may be many – but the underlying spirit and essence of these gorgeous Indian harvest festivals remain the same. It’s tradition and culture at their best!

You too can join the fun and merriment – by donning pretty Indian-wear for these days. To help you dress the best for these days, Saree.com brings you a hand-picked Uttaryan Collection – products perfect for Makar Sankranti and Pongal days. Take your pick from elegant Indian Suits, majestic Anarkalis, trendy Indo-Western suits, silk sarees and pocket-friendly sarees in cottons, cotton-silks and art silks.

Act fast!

Uttaryan is already round the corner, so we urge you to take your picks as soon as possible. Saree.com offers customized stitching for blouses and salwar suits – and ships worldwide – so you are never away from your traditions. However, remember that these things take time – so Order NOW!