The harvest festival of Lohri is observed in the month of January every year with a lot of fervor and enthusiasm by the Punjabi community across India. It is a winter agricultural festival celebrated on the eve of winter solstice and is classically regarded as the longest night of the year.
Some people believe that the name Lohri is derived from Sant Kabir’s wife’s name ‘Loi” while some are of the opinion that the word ‘Loh’ meaning an iron pan for cooking food.
The joyful festival of Lohri reflects the love of Punjabi community for celebration and festivity.
Besides Punjab the festival is widely celebrated in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.
Various traditional activities such as ‘dhol beats’, bonfires, classical handmade dishes, popular folk songs and folk dances are the main attractions of Lohri.
The most important part of Lohri is to express gratitude and thanks to the proliferating harvest season and the elements of nature like wind, water and fire.
On the day of Lohri-people remember the famous folklore of Dulha Bhatti a legendary hero who robbed rich people and helped poor onews.
People pray to Agni-the god of fire to get his blessings and abundance in crops and opulence. Sarson-da-saag and makki-di-rooti are the traditional foods cooked on the occasion of Lohri.
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