The festival of warmth and prosperity : Lohri

lohri-celebrations

Like any other festival that is celebrated, Lohri too shares a motive of reconnecting people with their near and dear ones. So with the same spirit, we, the team of MahaPunjab, wish a very Happy Lohri to you and your family. May the Lohri fire burn all the moments of sadness and bring you warmth of joy, love and happiness.

What’s the best thing about the festival of Lohri? Dancing to the beats of popular Lohri songs! Celebrated in high spirits as the fire lights up the night sky, people dance around the bonfire and sing traditional Lohri tracks. From Bollywood hits to regional favourites and dhol beats, they play dance numbers all night. It is customary to light up the bonfire at sunset at the main village square. Sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts and popcorn is tossed to show respect to the natural element of fire.

Marking the onset of summer after the wintry cold nights, the Punjabi folk festival falls on January 13 this year. The bonfire ceremony is different in parts of Punjab. A small image of the Lohri goddess is made and decorated with cow dung in some parts, whereas in other parts, the Lohri fire consists of wood and cow dung.

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The celebration of Lohri festival reaches a higher pitch of excitement in the houses where there have been a marriage or childbirth recently.

In some parts of Punjab, kite flying on Lohri is very popular. People – especially children, love flying kites on this day. People get onto the roof tops and fly kites of various sizes and colours.

lohri Celebrations

lohri Celebrations

Another interesting fact about Lohri is the festival’s association to the tale of ‘DullaBhatti.’ The central theme of many Lohri songs is the legend of DullaBhatti, a 16th-century matchmaker, was regarded as a hero in Punjab. Besides robbing the rich and he was known to rescue poor Punjabi girls who being forcibly taken to be sold in slave market of the Middle East from the Sandal Bar region. He arranged their marriages to boys and provided them with dowries. So in same regard, some of the Lohri songs express gratitude to DullaBhatti.