Maghi Purnima is the auspicious day in the Magh Hindu month, that bears witness to the full moon. The entire month of Magh is a very important month, since it commences with the sun changing its course into the Makar zodiac. Magh Purnima marks the end of this month, with religious chanting and flags flowing in the air.
Just like is practiced in all the other festivals coming in the Magh month such as Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami etc. even on Maghi Purnima, ritual bathing is a much-followed custom. Devotees bathe themselves in the holy Ganges, ridding themselves of their sins and beginning a new path of change, with a promise to do better.
Families get together, making sweets and exchanging gifts. This day witnesses strong flowing currents of love amongst everyone. Many people offer food to the poor and help the needy by donating clothes, toys etc. People chant religious songs and bhajans together, praying to Lord Vishnu for all that they have in this world. A lot of devotees get together and read religious scripts and phrases from the sacred Bhagwat Gita, learning lessons for life. People keep ‘Satyanarayana Pujas’ and give offering to god on banana leaves. Some people even Fast on this day, letting go of food & water for an entire day. In some regions people even believe that on this day our ancestors come to visit us in the form of animals, and thus serve food to crows and dogs.
Maghi Purnima is a perfect ending to the month of ‘Magh’, with the festive mood in place and everyone’s desire to do better in the days ahead of them.