What is Lohri? Why is this celebrated?
Lohri is a popular Punjabi folk festival which is celebrated mainly by Sikhs and Hindus in Punjab every year on January 13. This day falls on the last night of Push Month and the eve of Makar Sankranti. It is also seen as a sign of the arrival of winter and spring. The Lohri / Lohri festival is associated with the weaving and harvesting of rabi crops. Farmers today devote the fire to the crops such as maize, sesame, wheat, mustard, gram etc. and express gratitude to God.
On the evening of Lohri / Lohri, people sing folklore with love and brotherhood, and in orbit in an open place, they organize orbiting flames and oboes. Dance, bhangra and gidda are also seen along with drums and drums. Sitting around the fire, the rewdi, gajak and peanuts are enjoyed. And they are distributed to all the people in the form of offerings. Lohri / Lohri is celebrated with a pomp, especially in the house where a new marriage or child is born.
Why Lohari is celebrated
Lohri festival is associated with the story of Dulla Bhatti. According to the story Dulla Bhatti lived in Punjab during the reign of Emperor Akbar. In addition to looting money from the rich and the landlords, besides releasing the poor, the girls who were forcibly sold are being released. Along with Hindu rituals, they arranged to marry all those girls from Hindu boys and also provided them dowry. Because of which he became the hero of Punjab’s people
Therefore, today’s name is always taken to express the gratitude of Dulla Bhatti in Lohri songs.
According to another story, Kanas sent a demon named Lohita to follow Lord Krishna, who has been killed by Krishna in sports. The festival of Lohri was celebrated by the people in the joy of Lohita’s slaughter.
Recognition of Lohri is also associated with Shiva and Sati. According to legend, due to the devotion of Mother Sati, fire is lit on the day of Lohri.
Whichever the festival is, its aim is always to bring grief and love to the people. Hopefully, the festival of Lohri also fills your life with happiness.
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