Lohri 2022: Things To Know About The Auspicious Day
Lohri festival comes a day before Maghi, and it indicates the harvesting of crops, mainly in the northern regions of India. In other parts of India, it is famously known as Makar Sankranti. People celebrate this festival by igniting a bonfire at night. Whereas some of them also organize signing ceremony or dance competition nearby their house. A newly-married couple participates in the festive rituals and seeks blessings from their elders. Generally, Lohri falls on the 13th day of January. On this occasion, boys and girls together take part in folk songs.
Legend Behind The Celebration
There is a famous legend associated with the celebration of this festival. The story revolves around the dacoit named Dulla, who was living in the Mughal district of Punjab. People consider him a fearless man as he was known for single-handedly rescuing the slave girls. Moreover, apart from saving girls, he was also responsible for arranging their marriages. Lohri festival is celebrated in honour of Dulla Bhatti and his exploits, Sundri and Mundri. People have created a theme of this folklore, which they used in folk songs. Nowadays, it has become a common trend to use this theme in folk songs while celebrating the festival of Lohri.
Lohri is indeed an indigenous ritual that emerged in the Himalayan foothills, whose winter is colder than those of the remaining portion of the Arabian peninsula. Following the weeks of rabi season cropping work, Hindus and Sikhs lit bonfires in their yards, socialised around the flames, sang and danced together as soon as they learn about starting of winter. On the other hand, Punjabis celebrates Lohri by the end of the month, during which the winter solstice occurs. Lohri is a Hindu festival that symbolises the advent of the winter solstice.
Significance Of Lohri
This festival indicates the winter crop season celebration associated (which is mainly see in Punjab or Haryana). It marks the end of the winter solstice and the northwards movement of the Sun. This festival falls on the day of Uttaryana, and from this day gets longer and nights becomes shorter. Basically, Lohri is all about welcoming the warmer days. Many people, especially farmers, begin to harvest the crop from this day.
People also use some ancient mantras so that they may receive the heat of Sun during the cold days of winter. There is a belief that if you chant these mantras, the Sun may accept your prayers. As a result, you may have a chance to celebrate the auspicious day with your family and friends.
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The Proceedings Of The Day
Lohri festivities can hit a higher pitch of enthusiasm in homes that have recently witnessed a marriage or childbirth. The majority of North Indians require special Lohri ceremonies in residential homes. Lohri events are recorded, with unique Lohri songs accompanying them.
Music and dancing are two important things about the festivities. People wear new clothes in their finest outfits to join dance and singing competition. The main course at a Lohri dinner is typically sarson da saag and makki di roti. People living in urban areas also celebrate Lohri with great pleasure.
Lohri celebration begins approximately 10 to 15 days prior, in multiple parts of Punjab. Boys and girls go around the countryside harvesting logs for the Lohri bonfire. They also accumulate products such as grains and jaggery, which are sold and the earnings exchanged among the community in some areas.
Under certain parts of Punjab, boys select a community leader to smear his face with ash and tie a rope around his waist as part of a common “trick or treat” game. The assumption is that the chosen individual would serve as a warning to those who refuse to give Lohri gifts.
The boys would sing Lohri songs in order to receive Lohri gifts. If the amount given is insufficient, the householder will be given a mandate: give more because the string will be lightened. If there isn’t enough, the person with the splashed face will try to break into the mansion and shatter cooking pots or the ceramic stove.
Other Facts About Lohri
Winter solstice celebrations were already integrated into a variety of other festivals held in different parts of the world. During Christmas festivities, a log is burned to mark the winter solstice, which is celebrated as Yule.
Stonehaven’s fire exhibition is the spitting image of the decoration of winter solstice bonfires. Every 11 January, the flaming Clavie (a barrel full of staves) is brought around Burghead and squished on the Doorie Hill as a part of this celebration. People enjoy the smoky wisps as it flames out to bring prosperity for the forthcoming year. This festival is also known as Makar Sankranti, Pongal or Bhogali Bihu in different parts of India.
Lohri is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. We learned how the people in north India gear up for its celebration 15 days prior. Even young girls and boys begin their celebration early to create the best festive moments. Whereas, in other parts, people visit temples to worship the God and Goddess on this auspicious day. Happy Lohri Everyone! 🙂