Lohri is one of the most commonly celebrated festivals in India as it has a deep-rooted connection with ancient cultures and traditions of India. It is celebrated on 13th of January every year. Lohri festival is celebrated with great energy and pomp in North India to worship fire. On the eve of this festival, people gather around a bonfire and celebrate while dancing and singing traditional songs. | Lohri Celebration in India – The Harvest Festival of Punjab |
Lohri is also related to the agricultural activities of the farmers as it marks the harvesting season in Punjab and the end of the winter season. It is a way to spread the joy of seeing the sparkling pearls of Rabi crops amidst traditional folk songs, dance, and food.
Lohri Celebration in India – The Harvest Festival of Punjab
Lohri’s origin actually dates back to the Indus valley civilization which is celebrated with various names in different parts of India such as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Magha Bihu in Assam and Tai Pongal in Kerala. Further, it is also used to mark the coldest night of the year which was followed by the largest night and shortest day of the year. Since, the festival marks a thanksgiving ceremony to the Sun God, the mother earth, the fields, and the fire, they offer oblations to the fire in the name of various demigods and chant their names and holy mantras.
The munching of seasonal goodies like popcorn, rice, peanuts, and sugar canes forms an integral part of the Lohri celebration. Kheer is also prepared in the sugar cane juice to mark the day. According to the Hindu mythology, there are 3.3 million gods and goddesses and Lohri is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated to honor Agni- the Vedic God of fire at the beginning of the year.
North Indians are seen to be getting very busy with preparations for enjoying the long-awaited bonfire festival ‘Lohri’ along with traditional folk songs and dances. People dress up nicely on the long-awaited bonfire festival. Lohri calls for family get-togethers and lavish dinners with Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki roti. In North India, in the first Lohri of the bride, she celebrates it with her husband’s family is considered very special. Her presence makes the occasion more fantastic and majestic with bridal dressing and accompanied husband in a colorful turban.
Lohri is associated with the concept of life and health in the Hindu religion as during this time sun transits from the zodiac sign Capricorn and moves north which lessens the impact of winter, ushering in the summer.