Year on year, Lohri is celebrated on the 13th of January. This festival is dedicated to worshipping fire. This is one of the most famous festivals in North India. Lohri celebrations mark the Uttarayana (Northward Movement of the Sun). Lohri is considered very important and auspicious for the newly wedded couple since this festival symbolically marks fertility. During the night of Lohri, people gather around bonfire and throw items like til, puffed rice, popcorns and others into the flames. People attain joyous moods accompanied by ecstatic songs and dances.
For the people of Punjab, festival of Lohri is a very important one as it marks the harvest season. Around this time, winter ends and a warmer climate comforts the people. The main highlight of the event is creating a bonfire for the families, friends and community to gather around and celebrate. This bonfire is meant to pay homage to sun god for giving warmth and abundance.
What is done on Lohri
Lohri is at once the celebration of culture, tradition, religion and social customs and practices. It brings people together on a loving bond. People wear new clothes and prepare delicious dishes of different kinds. During family get-togethers, lovely dinners are organized. People pray for a good harvest, prosperity and happiness in families. The traditional dances and songs performed during Lohri tell tales regarding the tradition and culture of this land. During the change of seasons, Lohri brings in an assurance of good health and happy days ahead. Thus, Lohri is also closely linked with the nature.