Happy Lohri 2019 - Knowing more about the traditional
In the ancient times Lohri was celebrated at the end of the
traditional month when winter solstice occurs. It celebrates the days getting
longer as the sun proceeds on its northward journey. The day after Lohri is
celebrated as Maghi Sangrand.
Lohri is celebrated to mark the end of the peak winter, this
festival is traditionally associated with the harvest of the rabi crops.Hence,
Punjabi farmers see the day after Lohri as the financial New Year.
The meaning of Lohri
There are two meanings based on two different stories , in
the first story the word Lohri has come from the term ‘loh‘, which means a big
iron griddle or tava, used for making chapattis for community feasts. According
to another tale the word is originated from ‘Loi’, who was the wife of reformer
How Lohri is celebrated
Lohri is celebrated by lighting a huge bonfire in the yard
after the last of the rabi crops are chopped. Idols of Lohri goddess are made
with cattle dung and place beneath the fire.The bonfire is lit at sunset and
people dress in traditional new clothes.
They circle around the fire and throw sesame seeds, jaggery,
and rewaries in it. Later they sit around the fire till it dies out.
They pray to the fire god, to bless their land with
abundance and prosperity. Following this people exchange greetings with their
friends and family.
Sugarcane products such as gajak, jaggery are an important
part of Lohri celebrations, as these are made from the crops harvested in the
month of January. Peanuts, and popcorn are also distributed among the people as
Prasad. Makki ki roti and sarson ka saag is prepared and served as dinner.
Here's wishing everyone a Very Happy Lohri!
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