Tilkut Chaturti, or Tilkuti, is observed on the fourth day during the waning phase of moon (shukla paksha) in Magh Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in
North India. Tilkuti Chaturti 2016 date is February 1. ‘Til’ is Sesame seeds and the day is dedicated to eating of delicacies made of Til.
Tilkuti Chaturti falls during the peak winter season and it is believed that eating Til helps in keeping the body fit for the harsh winter.
The festival is of great importance in
Bihar, Jharkhand and in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The delicacy eaten on the day is made by mixing sugar or jaggery with Til.
A similar festival is observed in western parts of India especially in Maharashtra and it is known as Til Kund Chaturti and is observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturthi.