Til Chaturti is observed on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in Magh month (January – February). Til Chaturthi 2017 date is January 31. This is essentially a winter festival and involves the use of Til or Sesame seeds. There is a popular belief that Sesame helps in keeping the body fit during winter.
People apply Til paste on the body before taking bath on the day. Til is also consumed on the day. Delicacies made from Til is eaten on the day and is also distributed among friends and relatives.