Lohri 2021 – Importance of Lohri Festival

Lohri 2021

What Is Lohri? Meaning Of Lohri

Lohri (Wednesday, 13 January 2021) is a famous Punjabi Festival that ranks among one of the great festivals in India.

The Lohri Festival is a celebration of the harvest season, the Rabi Crop harvest, in the Punjab region.

It is considered a celebration to welcome the beginning of the spring season, to the warmth of the Sun and to say goodbye to winter. Surya Devta (the Sun God), Agni or Fire are invoked, grateful and revered, at the Lohri Festival.

Community bonfire, Til (sesame seeds), shelled peanuts, Rohri or Gud, rice, colorful clothing, folk songs and dances are integral parts of the Lohri celebration.

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When Is Lohri Held?

The Lohri Festival is celebrated on the last day of the Hindu month Paush.

It falls one day before Makar Sankranti, and the Sun begins its journey northward and transits towards the Sun sign of Makar (Capricorn).

In Punjab, Makar Sankranti is called Magahi because the Hindu month of Maagh or Magh begins on that day.

Almost every year, the date of the  festival is on 13 January (according to the Gregorian calendar), just as Makar Sankranti is on 14 January of each year.

It is also called the Lodi Festival.

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Lohri is celebrated in which states?

Mainly the Festival is celebrated in the state of Punjab. But, the states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh also celebrate this joyous festival.

And not only these states, most parts of Northern India, celebrate Lohri with fervor.

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Why Is Lohri Celebrated? What Is Lohri Celebrated For?

Meaning of Lohri: The Festival is related to the solar year and offers a farewell to the cold winter that the state of Punjab and the northern states of India are experiencing.

It is said that the people of the ancient world prayed with Vedic Mantras to please the Sun God for protecting them from winter.

On this day the Fire and the Sun God are worshiped and following the traditions and rituals prayers and gratitude are offered for the warmth of the Sun.

Lohri folk songs thank Surya Devta, especially for His return with warmth after the winter.

The significance of the Festival is also to mark the abundant harvest of Rabi crops.

As the Sun begins to move north, the duration of daylight and heat increase, helping the seeds of crops planted in the fields to sprout, which is a cause for celebration for Lohri.

It marks the beginning of a new financial year for farmers or farmers. It means an abundance of prosperity; fertility and celebrations expressing joy for the gifts of nature and the Divine.

It is said that the expression of gratitude to the Divine is amplified when we do so by being joyful, happy and the essence of Lohri celebrations is exactly that.

The meaning of Lohri is also for married couples who get blessings, if they offer prayers to the Sun God in the morning.

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How is Lohri celebrated?

The vibrancy of the Lohri celebration is contagious. The Lohri Bonfire community is a symbol of the Lohri festival that lights up at sunset.

Along with earthy Punjabi folk songs filling the air accompanied by Dhol and Manjeera, Bhangra dance performances, happy faces and special food is what describes the celebrations by Lohri.

The Lohri Festival is a celebration that brings people together, meeting, talking, celebrating, and praying together, which is a unique aspect of the Lohri festival.

Lohri Punjabi festival is called bonfire festival by many, especially people from foreign lands.

The Lohri fire represents a tribute to the Sun. Lohri presents a Puja Parikrama around the bonfire that is lit in the open fields and the distribution of Prasad.

The mantras that are chanted around the bonfire are praises of gratitude offered to the Sun God and is considered a formal ritual on this day.

The flames from the Bonfire are believed to carry his prayers. This also amounts to offering prayers to Agni for bountiful harvests and prosperity.

A small idol is made out of cow dung or Gobar (in the local language) that represents the Goddess Lohri and sings her praises, lit with fire.

Women and men dress in traditional and colorful clothes and women wear jewelry and look beautiful.

At night the Lohri bonfire is lit, relatives, loved ones, friends relatives gather around the bonfire, which gives warmth in the winter night. Popular songs in Punjabi are sung together.

The beat of Dhol (an Indian drum) prompted everyone to participate in the dance.

Lohri’s songs are in praise and gratitude to the Sun God, to Fire and also to those songs of a legend called Dulla Bhatti.

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The Punjabi Men dance the Bhangra and the women dance the Gidda. Til, Gur, Rewari, Sugar-candy (Misri), and Popcorn are thrown into the embers of Lohri’s bonfire.

Special Punjabi songs, traditional music, and dance performances are also organized. Newlywed couples surround the bonfire, offering Revadi / Rewri, peanuts and popcorn, which is a ritual tradition of Lohri.

The atmosphere is happy and full of joy and until the bonfire is lit, the festivity continues. Later, everyone eats dishes like Sarson ka Saag.

Makki ki Roti, sweets like Gajak, Til Gud Ladoos, Kheer, etc.

A couple of weeks before Lohri, the children go from house to house singing praises to Dulla Bhatti and the people of the house give them peanuts, candy, Til, Gud and some money.

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How To Celebrate The Baby's First Lohri?

For newborn children and their parents, Lohri’s day is made special. The mother dresses according to the occasion and the newborn is also prepared very cutely.

The mother, along with hers, her newborn, sits on her arm, and friends, relatives of the baby bathe him/her with gifts, fruits and sweets.

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History of the Lohri Festival

The history of Lohri is said to date back to the time when the Mughal Emperor Akbar ruled India and the now legendary Dulla Bhatti.

Lohri’s story tells the interesting gentleman Dulla Bhatti who was a highway robber. He used to rob the rich and help the needy with money or riches collected.

During the reign of Emperor Akbar, Hindu Punjabi women/girls were forcibly taken to Middle Eastern countries to be sold on the slave market.

Dulla Bhatti rescued many of these women, married them to suitable Hindu men, and also paid them a dowry.

Dulla Bhatti also led a revolt against Emperor Akbar and refused to pay taxes as this magnanimous thief refused to consider the emperor’s reign illegitimate.

During the reign of Emperor Akbar, Hindu Punjabi women/girls were forcibly taken to Middle Eastern countries to be sold on the slave market.

He raised the guerrilla war against King Akbar, which caused the king/emperor to move the imperial capital from him to Lahore (now in Pakistan).

Later, Dulla Bhatti was executed by order of the Emperor.

Lohri’s story goes that on the day he was executed in public, to teach a lesson and instill fear in the people, the women lit the bonfire, sang, and danced around it, in memory of their savior Dulla Bhatti.

This became a practice every year that gave rise to the Lohri Festival.

Another interesting fact about Lohri is her name. There are different versions of the history of the meaning of Lohri.

In ancient times the name was Tilorhi, a compound of Til (Sesame) and Rohri, which means Gur. Over time, the word came to be pronounced as Lohri.

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May Lohri’s Feast bring joy to everyone!!

👈 जल्द जानकारी के लिए सब्सक्राइब कीजिये हमारे यूट्यूब चैनल को ।।

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