Sankranthi which means "to being to move" is a solar holiday indicating the northward transition of the sun into Makar on its celestial path. It is one of the oldest and the most colorful harvest festival in India.
Growing up in the western part of India, we celebrated this festival with lots of good food and flying kites for 48 hours straight.
Down south, in a small village near Hasan in Karnataka, IN the celebration is a tad different. Here the farmers along with their bulls jump over burning fire to ensure the evil spirits stay away from their fields and help get a good crop yield.
Traditions are hard to change.