Lohri, a harvest festival, is celebrated in Punjab and in Northern India. The festival commemorates the end of the winter and the arrival of the summer season. Like every year, this year’s Lohri falls on 13th January, 2023 (Friday).
Lohri marks the New Year for Punjabi farmers. It is traditionally associated with the harvest of the rabi crops as January is the perfect time to harvest sugarcane. The farmers pray and show gratitude to Lord Agni to bless their land with abundance. They chant “may honor come and poverty vanish” while walking around the bonfire.
It is believed that offering food items to the God of Fire on Lohri helps take away all negativity from life and brings in prosperity. Food items like gajak, popcorn, puffed rice and others are offered to the fire as ‘tributes’ to the Gods in exchange for blessings
Folklore of Punjab believes that the flames of the bonfire lit on the day of Lohri carry the messages and prayers of the people to the sun god to bring warmth to the planet to help the crops grow.
Walking around the bonfire helps in bringing prosperity, especially for new brides. Many devotees believe that their prayers and concerns will receive an immediate answer and life will be filled with positivity
The traditional Punjabi menu on this day includes sarson da saag and makki di roti, til ki barfi, gur ki roti, makhane ki kheer, panjiri, pinni, til laddoo, gondh ladoo and other local delicacies.
“Sunder mundriye, ho tera kaun vichaara, ho Dulha bhatti wala, ho Dulhe ne dhee vehaai, ho Sadh shakkar paai, ho Bas-bas eh fad 10 rupaiye te agge vadh. Happy Lohri” is the conventional greeting on Lohri.
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