The festival of Lohri is celebrated on the shortest day of the year, which is marked as the end of the winter season. Lohri represents the longest night of the year. It even celebrates the harvest of rabi crops, which are sown in winter. This year it is being celebrated on January 13, 2021.
It is primarily celebrated in the northern parts of India by the Punjabi community. But Lohri is no more celebrated in just North India it is also celebrated all over the India as well as other countries. The punjabi farmers see the day after the Lohri as the financial New Year.
The festival holds a great significance as people worship the sun and the fire to thank them for the harvest. Lohri is celebrated with all the traditional rituals by lighting a huge bonfire in the yard. They place idols of Lohri goddess made with cattle dung beneath the fire. On this special occasion, people are dressed up in colourful traditional attires along with attractive jewelry. The bonfire is at lit at sunset and following the rituals they walk around it and throw sesame seeds, jaggery into the fire as a sign of worship.
On this festive day, makki ki roti and sarson ka saag is cooked for dinner in all households and shared.
People gather together on this day to dance, sing and enjoy the warmth of the fire spirit. Lohri is always incomplete without the special Punjabi energetic moves of Bhangra and Gidda as well as Punjabi floklores. People distribute sweets and exchange gifts among each other to give love and warm wishes of Lohri.
Even Covid-19 could not stop people from celebrating this auspicious festival. Due to this situation, people could not connect to their close one’s physically but obviously through video calls. In today’s scenario people are celebrating and wishing each other over video calls. Here wishing everyone a very happy and a safe Lohri.