Why Do we Celebrate Lohri?
Why Do we Celebrate Lohri?
Lo aa gayi Lohri ve, bana lo Jodi ve, aaha……………………………… This song does come to mind when
Lohri is around the corner. A very beautiful harvest festival is celebrated mostly by Punjabis. The
crops are harvested at this festive time. Lohri is not merely a cultural or seasonal festival but
a religious festival of Hindus. It is believed by many that the festival commemorates the passing of
the winter solstice.
What is Winter Solstice?
The shortest day and the longest night. It, in fact, marks the end of winters and the onset
As we know, Lohri is about the bonfire, fancy foods, food baskets, and dancing to the tunes of hit
songs. But, the traditional meaning of holy bonfire and why people together take rounds
around it post-sunset?
It is to pay gratitude to the creator of the universe and dancing to the beats of the dhol
and enjoying a scrumptious feast. It is a festival that belongs to the region of Punjab and
mostly celebrated in the northern part of India. On this day foods like til (black sesame seeds),
gajak, gur (jaggery), peanuts, and popcorn are fed to the fire as part of the harvest ritual.
Friend, the word Lohri comes from ‘Tilohri’ i.e. ‘til’ meaning sesame and ‘rorhi’ meaning
jaggery/gur. Both of the food ingredients help cleanse the body, bringing renewed energy
for the New Year. That’s why foods like jaggery, gajak, til ki chikki are offered to the fire
as a way of paying gratitude to nature.
Lohri’s origin dates back to the Indus valley civilization. The festival is primarily celebrated in a
similar manner in other regions. It has various other names in the other parts of India such as
Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Magha Bihu in Assam and Tai Pongal in Kerala.
It is believed that offering food items to the God of Fire on this takes away all negativity
from life and brings in prosperity. The bonfire symbolizes Lord Agni. After offering food to
the almighty, people seek blessings, prosperity, and happiness from Lord Agni. It is also
believed that if one walks around the fire on Lohri, it helps in bringing prosperity. In Punjab,
this festival holds special value for the new brides. Many devotees believe that their prayers
and concerns will receive an immediate answer and life will be filled with positivity.
SARDIYON KA LAJAWAB KHANA
Lohri is incomplete without winter foods that are cooked and celebrated on this day. 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, till laddoo, gondh ladoo and more. Such tempting
dishes are relishing and enjoyed by all.
Lohri marks the New Year for Punjabi farmers. On this day, the farmers pray and show
gratitude for their crops before the harvesting begins and pray to Lord Agni to bless them
Lohri signals the beginning of the happy sunny days.
DESERT STREET MEERUT ki taraf se aap sab ko LOHRI KI LAKH LAKH