Happy Lohri in India 2021 – Date, History, Significance and Importance

Lohri is the harvest festival of Punjab. The date of the festival depends on the solar calendar, this remains the same every year. Happy Lohri 2021 date is January 13. The month if January is the coldest in northern India and January 13 marks the day when earth is farthest to the sun and after this day it starts to come closer.

Happy Lohri Celebrate Date

Happy Lohri Celebrate Date in 2020: Monday, 13 January, 2020

Happy Lohri Celebrate Date in 2021: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Happy Lohri Celebrate Date in 2022: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Happy Lohri in India - Date, History, Significance and Importance

Happy Lohri History:

The festival of Lohri is an auspicious occasion for Hindus. Every year on January 13, the sun begins it Uttarayan (northward) journey and enters Makar Rashi (Tropic of Capricorn). The time period from January 14 to July 14 (period of Uttarayan) is considered propitious by Hindus. Lord Krishna manifests himself during this time to his full magnificence, according to Bhagwat Gita.

So, Why do we celebrate Happy Lohri? On the day of Lohri, the earth is farthest away from the sun, thus, it is the coldest day in northern India. Earth begins the journey towards the sun marking the end of cold month of Paush, beginning Magh (or the arrival of Spring).

Significance and Importance of Lohri:

The festival of Lohri is of great significance for the people of Punjab. It marks the start of the harvest season and the end of winter season in Punjab. Lohri festival is associated with the harvesting of Rabi crops. The festival of Lohri signifies a fresh start. Lohri is traditional welcome to longer days and shorter nights. It is one of the most important festivals for people of Punjab, where they celebrate together with happiness.

For agriculturists, Lorhi has its own special significance as it marks the beginning of a new financial year. They settle the division of production of land on this day between themselves and the tillers. If there has been a happy event in the family, like the birth of a child or marriage in the last year, then the significance of Lohri magnifies for the family. Lohri is celebrated to thank the Sun God, and the sun is worshiped and prayered to provide good crops in the coming season.

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Lohri Celebration:

Lohri is celebrated with friends, neighbours, and relatives. A bonfire is set and lit; gajak, rewari and popcorns and peanuts are distributed; a feast, dance and singing program is arranged and good crops are welcomed. The first Lohri of a new born or a newly wedded couple is of great significance and the whole family celebrates it together. It is a tradition to eat “til rice” which is made by mixing rice, seesam seeds and jaggery on thus day.

At many places in Punjab, young teenage boys and girls form groups and search the neighbouthood for 10 to 15 days before Lohri to collect bonfire materials like wood, sticks and logs. In some places, they also collect jaggery and grrains and sell what is collected. The income from sales itt distributed amongst the group. Childrens dance nearr the bonfire, relatives meet and greet each other. All the neighbours celebrates together. As a whole, everyone celebrates and enjoys.

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