Indian culture is full of vibrant traditions and colorful festivals. Every year 13th of January is celebrated as Lohri in all over India. Lohri marks the end of winter, being the shortest day and longest night of the year. It is an auspicious festival of Punjab. Did you how Lohri celebrated in Punjab?
In this blog, we will tell how Lohri celebrated in Punjab and other states of Punjab.
Here are some facts you should know about Lohri:
Lohri is celebrated every year according to the lunar calendar. This festival marks the end of coldest month and beginning of Earth’s shift towards the sun.
According to Punjab’s history, Lohri is celebrated in remembrance and praise of Dhulla Bhatti. He was a Robin Hood, who robbed the rich and distributes the wealth among the poor.
Once he rescued a girl from kidnappers and adopted her as his daughter. Then he arranged her marriage with a Hindu Boy and gives her a Kilo of Sugar as a marriage gift. People remember Dhulla Bhatti as a hero every year on Lohri. Group of children moved from door to door, singing from door to door, singing the Dhulla Bhatti folk-song: “Dhulla Bhatti ho! Dhulle ne dhi viyahi ho! Ser Shakar pai ho!”.
The festival Lohri is also associated with the harvest of Rabi Crop since as per Punjabi farmers. It is the time to harvest sugarcane crops. Lohri is also celebrated all over the Punjab, Delhi, Kashmir and other parts of Northern India.
- How to celebrate Lohri?
Lohri is celebrated at night, men and women perform Punjabi folk dances around the bonfire and throw Gachak, Rewri, Peanut, and Popcorn into it and sing folk songs.
This festival ends with a traditional feast of Sarson Ka Saag, Makki di Roti, and Kheer.
Old folklore claims that the flames of the fire carry messages of warmth to the sun. Therefore, the next day is also celebrated as an auspicious day, known as Makar Sankranti. The festival
Makar Sankranti marks the first of the warmer, springtime season.
On the day of Lohri, people enjoy delicious snacks, including til (sesame seeds), peanuts, jaggery, gajak, rewri, etc.
Lohri is a festival in which traditional hot Punjabi dinner will warm your soul and make the rest us to reminisce the day of mom’s home cooking.
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