Lohri 2018 – Significance Of Lohri ‘Harvest Festival’ and how is it celebrated in India ?

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Lohri 2018 is one of most popular Punjabi festival, which is celebrated all around the world every January 13. It is also called the ‘harvest festival, mostly celebrated in the northern states of India, including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The festivity is a way to solemnize harvesting of the Rabi (winter) crops and enjoying the traditional folk songs and dances and amazing food.

Significance Of Lohri ‘Harvest Festival’

Lohri festival holds a great significance as it marks the harvesting season and end of sowing and winter season. Many people believe the Lohri festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice. This Festival marks the end of winter season and is a traditional welcome of longer days.

Lohri is also believed to be the longest night of the year in the lunar calendar. It is observed the night before Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi, and according to the solar part of the lunisolar Bikrami calendar and typically falls about the same date every year

Though Punjab is known for its wheat productions, this festival is related to sugarcane cultivation in the region. The traditional time to harvest sugarcane crops in January, thus Lohri is seen by some to be a harvest festival. Punjabi farmers also see the day after Lohri (Maghi) as the financial New Year.

How Lohri ‘Harvest Festival’ is celebrated in India?

Lohri is primarily a community festival celebrated with family, friends, and relatives. The occasion is celebrated with people singing and dancing to traditional folk songs and throwing in sesame seeds, popcorn, puffed rice and jaggery into a bonfire. Do Check: Happy Lohri 2018 Images With Wishes, Lohri Whatsapp DP’s & Facebook Pics to Share

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This bonfire represents the “God of Fire” called “Agni.” People worship the bonfire and pray for abundant crops and prosperity by saying ‘Adar aye dilather jaye’ and wish each other by giving Prasad and spread the love and joy. Traditional dances like bhangra,gidda and jhoomer are performed on the traditional Lohri songs.

As per traditions, children sing songs in praise of Dulha Bhatti and seek money from elders. Folksongs are also sung to thank Surya (Sun God). After offering prayers, people meet loved ones, exchange greetings, dance around the fire and distribute prasad.  As part of the festivities, dinner is served after the bonfire ritual. The dinner typically includes ‘Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki Roti’, a Punjabi winter treat loved everywhere in the world.

Singing and dancing are a key part of Lohri celebrations – and people will dress in their vibrant best to dance bhangra and gidda. This Indian festival coincides with Makar Sankranti in various parts of north India, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Magha Bihu in Assam, Tai Pongal in Kerala and Ghughutiya in Uttarakhand.

Happy Lohri to everyone out there and cheers! ~Pressks Team

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