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January 13, 2019
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Though all Indian Festivals are known for its feisty celebrations, the event of Lohri is the one that occupies an important place in the lives of Punjabi Sikhs. The occasion of Lohri is very popular among the agricultural belt of the Punjab and is celebrated as a harvesting of rabi crops. At the times of Lohri, there come many other festivals coincidently, such as Pongal, Makar Sankranti and Bhogali Bihu. Lohri falls in the mid of January and is the time when people take a dip in the holy water. Lohri festival marks the end of the harsh winter season.
Sikhs in different parts of the world celebrate this occasion douse the sadness and renew happiness. It is not about reaping the fruits of labour, moreover, it is celebrating fertility and the new spark of life. For Punjabis it is a way of life, celebrations and gatherings make it a community festival.
With the full rustic fanfare, the Punjabi Community organise the fest and participate in the festival with full zeal and gaiety. It is the most auspicious festival of newlywed brides and of a new born baby. The entire ceremony is centred on a huge bonfire, lit up amidst robust drumbeats.
Bhangra and Jhoomer dance forms add spark to the night of Lohri and make people feel full of energy. The most interesting part of this event is children love to collect sweets like gajak, rewri and amounts of charity money from their neighbourhoods. It allows people to step into the new season after the crippling cold winter.
The preparation of event starts few days before to make this festival remarkable. In the evening people prepare bonfires in their courtyard and do a parikarma around the bonfire. Lohri is known for its famous echoes ‘Aadar aye dilather jaye’. During th eceremony of Lohri, people pray for the wellness of their family life.
The history of Lohri is associated with the famous character of Dulha Batti, whose deeds of chivalry are crystallised in the form of folk songs. Neighbours gather at each other’s place and sing songs, greet each other and offer sweets, to make their relations stronger forgetting the feeling of hatred.
The message and the essence of Lohri give everyone a chance to widen their horizon and a social circle. It is celebrated with an idea to encourage people to rise above their personal differences. Moreover, it fosters a sense of fellowship and oneness.
The fest of Lohri is all about thanking god for his prosperity bestowed. People throw puffed rice and popcorns in the bonfire to pray for the goodness of all moreover, to purify their home.
In the end, a delicious food is served with the traditional food that includes Makki di roti, Indian bread, Sarson ka saag and more. A parshad is distributed that is comprised of six things such as Til (Sesame), Gazak (dry sweet dish), Gur (jaggery), Moongphali (peanut), Phuliya and popcorn.