Happy Lohri, 13 January 2019

Happy Lohri, 13 January 2019

Lohri is one of the most joyously celebrated winter folk festivals in India. Lohri marks the harvest of crops, particularly sugarcane, festivity. Lohri celebration is more dominant in north India, especially in the northern Indian states areas of Punjab, Delhi NCR, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, parts of Uttaranchal Pradesh aka Uttarakhand and northern Uttar Pradesh. In north India, Lohri also marks the end of the coldest, peak chill part of the winter season. Many Indian communities overseas like Canada, the UK, Singapore, Dubai-UAE, New Zealand, Iran etc also mark and celebrate Lohri.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji Jayanti is also falling on the 13th of January 2019. The following day, the 14th of January in 2019 marks the festival of Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in India and Nepal. Makar also means the sign Capricorn. Makar Sankranti also marks the transit of Sun to this sign for a period of about a month. The tilt of the Earth’s northern hemisphere towards the Sun begins.

On the occasion of Lohri, many parents and brothers invite their respective daughters and sisters. In a legend, in an ancient significance, Lord Shiva’s wife Sati committed suicide by jumping into the fire. She did so to protect insult to Lord Shiva against her father’s decision not to invite Lord Shiva.

Many natives on the occasion of Lohri light up their homes, holy places, and their surrounding areas. Large bonfires are lit at dusk. People surround around the bonfire and celebrate and also enjoy the warmth. Peanuts, groundnuts, popcorn, rewri, Gur-jaggery, gajjak and snacks are arranged. Many throw small quantities of peanuts into the bonfire which is considered auspicious.

On the occasion of Lohri, many natives even arrange music and dance near the bonfire. Delicious eateries are prepared, especially sarso ka saag, make ki roti etc. Many natives worship the Sun God for his grace and kindness. In the modern-day, many natives arrange parties, get-togethers and have a grand celebration to the likes of Christmas or New Years.

We wish all natives a Very Happy Lohri.



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