After shuddering in the short, gloomy winter days for what feels like ages, it’s time to welcome the long sunny days with the festival of Lohri! Falling on January 13 every year, Lohri marks the beginning of the auspicious Uttarayan period.
Significance of Lohri:
The popular Punjabi festival marks the end of the sowing season of winter crops and the onset of the harvest season. It also celebrates the passing of winter solstice and the sun’s journey into the northern hemisphere.
The occasion holds great significance amongst farmers and is commemorated by offering prayers to mother earth, the sun deity, fire and the fields for prosperity, health, and good harvest.
The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigour in places like Amritsar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Delhi. The gurudwaras serve special langar, the markets are flooded with sweets and even kites are flown!
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At night, a holy bonfire is lit up and people toss sesame seeds, jaggery, popcorn and peanuts into it. Rounds around the bonfire are taken, and the merry vibe is heightened by bhangra performed on the beats of dhol.The festivities are completed by indulging in a scrumptious feast.
So go ahead and bid chilly winter evenings goodbye with this joyous festival of food and merriment! Happy Lohri!