Happy Lohri: 7 surprising facts about Lohri!
Happy Lohri everyone! This is one of the Indian festival for which we do not have to look calendar to celebrate it, just like Diwali and Holi because it is celebrated on 13th January every year. Here re 7 surprising facts about Lohri that you should know.
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In our country India, the beginning of a new year is followed with one of the most popular and celebrated festivals known as Lohri. Notably, the festival has a deep rooted connection with our soil. There are numerous tales from the past that can be put together for the origin of this festival. On the eve of this festival, people from all walks of life gather around a bonfire and celebrate while dancing and singing traditional songs.
Here, are few unknown facts about this festival you should know, take a look here:
1. Lohri was not always celebrated on 13th January, earlier it was celebrated on winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year (December 21 and 22). Eventually, it ended up marking the end of the winters (mid-January, in India).
2. There is a reason why it is known as Lohri. Some say, it symbolizes warmth and fire. Some legends say the festival was named after Loi, the name of saint Kabir’s wife.
3. Another reason for celebrating the festival of Lohri was a hero, Dulla Batti, who is considered to be the Robin Hood of Punjab. Yes, this is also a reason. He saved the lives of several young girls, who were enslaved and sold by the Mughals. He rescued and raised several such girls as his own and even got them married to suitable grooms. His heroic acts are mentioned in folklore and honored during Lohri. Therefore, a lot of people celebrate it to mark his honour.
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4. According to some old beliefs and saints Lohri was considered to be Holika’s sister who survived with Prahlad, while Holika got burnt in the fire.
5. Apart from this, the festival of Lohri is considered to be a very important festival for the newly married brides. The first Lohri after the wedding for a woman is considered to be very auspicious. It is indeed very special.
6. Gajak, Sarson ka Saag and Makke Di Roti are some of the preparations made especially for the festival. These dishes are delicious. Peanuts, radish, sesame seeds and jaggery are also consumed, as they are part of the harvest.
7. People enjoy this festival on the fullest. They sing songs, folklore mainly, perform bhangra and gidda around a bonfire and enjoy the festival with almost an eccentric amount of enthusiasm.