One of the most important festivals of India, Lohri. Mostly celebrated in the North India. Generally celebrated by the Sikhs and Hindus. This day marks the end of winter solstice and begins with the rabi crop harvesting. Celebrated on January 13th every year, this festival is the favorite of all and is celebrated with huge enthusiasm and zeal.
Happy Lohri – Date, History, Significance & Celebration
People get ready and wear beautiful and colourful attires to celebrate Lohri. They sing and dance around the bonfire they lit and welcome the days of happiness and warm temperatures after cold and dark winters.
Digging into the history of Lohri, the word Lohri comes from the combination of words Loh and ri. Here Loh means big iron griddle, also known as tawa which is used to making chappatis in the kitchen for big feasts.
Another point of view regarding lohri explains that the word was taken from the word Loi who was the wife of the reformer Kabir Das.
There are many stories related to this festival. The origin and foundation of Lohri is believed to be the tale of Dulla Bhatti who was a famous and legendary hero of Punjab. He started a rebellion movement against the Mughal emperor Akbar. Due to his bravery acts, he became a hero of the people living in Punjab and it is said that almost every song that people sing on the day of Lohri is devoted and dedicated to Dulla Bhatti.
There is a huge significance of Lohri in everyone’s life, be it the farmers or the civilianns. It marks the day of beginning of rabi crops harvesting and end of cold and dark winter days. People and devotees worship the Sun for everything. They thank the Sun for sunlight which allows them to grow crops and make a good harvest every year. This day is celebrated in every religion but with different names.
It is said that the first Lohri is considered to be very auspicious for the newly wedded bride and a new born baby as the of lohri marks fertility. This day holds a huge significance in the life of farmers as the day signifies the start of harvesting of crops.
Earlier people used to celebrate lohri with lighting bonfire and dancing and singing around it. It is one of the most auspicious festival for all religions as it marks the beginning of harvest month. People thank the Sun for its sunlight and everything to allow them grow food.