: Why Lohri is Celebrated
: History of Lohri
: How is Lohri’s party
: Where is Lohri festival celebrated
: What is put in the fire of Lohri
: Lohri Celebration
: Lohri Festival in Hindi
: Importance of Lohri Festival in Hindi
: why is lohri celebrated
The festival of Lohri was celebrated with great pomp in many parts of the country just one day before the sun entered Capricorn. This festival is celebrated in North India especially in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Usually Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January, hence the festival of Lohri has been celebrated on 13 January. This time i.e. in 2021, Lohri will be celebrated on 13 January 2021 (Wednesday).
Lohri festival is a symbol of joy and happiness. This festival is celebrated at the end of autumn. Since then, the days start getting bigger. Originally, this festival is celebrated by Sikhs in Punjab, Haryana, but due to popularity, it is a festival celebrated not in India but worldwide. On this day, people congratulate each other on the great joyous festival.
Lohri is a famous festival in the state of Punjab and Haryana, but in spite of this the scope of popularity of this festival is so large that it is now celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country. The peasant classes express their gratitude to their God on this occasion, so that their crop is produced in greater quantity.
: During the festival, children go door-to-door to sing folk songs and people are also given sweets and money (sometimes).
: It is believed that returning children empty-handed is not considered right, so they are also given sugar, gajak, jaggery, peanuts and maize etc. on this day which is also called Lohri.
: Then people burn the fire and distribute Lohri to all and enjoy the festival with music etc.
: Lohri night is enjoyed by eating cultural food such as mustard greens and kheer with maize bread at night.
: In some parts of Punjab, the practice of flying kites is also on this day.
At the same time, this festival is celebrated as ‘Lal Lahi’ a day before Makar Sankranti in Sindhi society. The Lohri festival associated with the change of seasons is also celebrated as the arrival of winter and the arrival of spring. In the farming community, the festival of Lohri brings excitement and excitement because by this festival, the crop that they had sown and watered tirelessly is ready for harvest. When Lohri is lit on the night of the festival, it is worshiped with the hair of the new crop of wheat.
Lohari meaning in Hindi
Lohri was earlier called Tilodi. The word is formed from the words sesame and rhododendron (jaggery), which changed over time to become famous as Lohri. In many areas of Punjab, it is also called Lohi or Loi. Along with Lohri, it is also important to eat and distribute sesame and jaggery on the day of Makar Sankranti.
This is how Lohri / Lohri: What is put in the fire? (How is Lohri celebrated?)
On the day of Lohri, in the evening people gather wood and dung and make a small pile and burn it, they dance and sing and celebrate by moving around this fire. People offer sacrifices, gajak, peanuts, kheel, maize seeds in the fire. All these things are also divided among themselves. Many people also distribute them from house to house. People make a fire while orbiting the fire and sitting around it. During this time they also enjoy eating Rewari, Kheel, Gajjak, Mecca.
Special dish of Lohri festival
On the day of Lohri, special dishes are made in which gajak, revdi, peanuts, sesame-jaggery laddus, maize bread and mustard greens are prominent.
Religious Importance (Lohri ka Mahtva)
It is believed that on this day the earth starts again facing the sun from its distant point from the sun. This festival is also a symbol of the arrival of happiness. When this festival is celebrated in the first month of the year in January, the winter season is about to go. Like Vaisakhi festival, Lohri is related to village, crop and weather of Punjab.
From this day, radish and sugarcane crop is sown. Before this, the Rabi crop is cut and kept in the house. Mustard flowers are seen waving in the fields. Rabi crops (barley, gram, lentils, mustard, wheat, peas, maize) are offered in the fire of Lohri. The god is prayed to God for wealth and prosperity for the whole year by offering a new crop.
Lohri Festival Objective
Generally, the festivals are celebrated along with the changes in nature, as it is said in Lohri that this day is the longest last night of the year, from which the day starts gradually. Also, this time is also considered a time of joy for the farmers. Grains are strewn in the fields and the weather looks pleasant, which is celebrated together with family and friends. In this way, the aim of this festival is to increase mutual unity.
Why Lohri is celebrated – know the folk story related to Lohri / the story of Dulla Bhatti / the story of Sundari and Mundari (Why We Celebrate Lohri Festival in Hindi) …
In the era of Akbar, there used to be a dacoit named “Dulla Bhatti”, whose name was enough to scare people. Dulla Bhatti was a rebel and whose descendants were Bhatti Rajputs. His ancestors were the rulers of the Pindi furnaces that used to be in the Sandal Bar, now the Sandal Bar is located in Pakistan. He was the hero of all Punjabis, but during Akbar’s rule, the poor and weak girls were forced to sell the rich to slavery.
All this was happening in the Sandalbar area and its surrounding areas. At the same time, there were two orphan girls named Sundari and Mundri, whom his uncle wanted to present to a king by not getting married duly. At the same time, Dulla Bhatti dacoit rescued both the girls Sundari and Mundri from the bloodthirsty and got them married. In this hour of trouble, Dulla Bhatti, with the help of girls, persuaded the boys to get Sundari and Mundari married by lighting a fire in a forest. Dulay himself bestowed both of them.
It is said that the groom gave him sugar as an omen. In a hurry, the grandeur of the wedding could not be arranged, so Dulle sent them away by putting a sugar in the bag. The sense is that, despite being a bandit, Dulla Bhatti played the role of a father to poor girls and did the work that nobody expected.
According to another belief, Lohri is also associated with Loi, the wife of Saint Kabir, due to which Lohri is still called Loi in many places in Punjab.