Lohri: A Festival of Fun and Gaiety, 13 January, 2017

Makar Sankranti Lohri In Punjab the life is lead in a different style. A tradition of living life with fun and gaiety, enjoying very moment, can be seen here. Glimpse of this life style can be seen Lohdi festival, 13 January. Lohdi is celebrated in the evening before Makar Sankranti, in the northern states of India like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and the near by areas. This day, the culture of these places display a new look.

Lohri in Punjab

Lohri is not just limited to Punjab. But here the look of this festival is something different. This day, the color and happiness is in full beauty and liveliness. While talking about Punjab how can we forget mentioning Mustard’s Saag, Chapattis made of corn, smell of Earth, sweet smell of water from pot(Ghada). Lohri is a festival of thanking nature, and, the spark of joy is different if it is celebratd in the style of Punjab. Lohri is also called the knock of Makar Sankranti.

Music and Festivities on the Eve of Lohri

The folk songs in the evening of Lohri, make the environment musically beautiful. The fascinating songs are such a kind that even for ones a Bairagi(holy man/traveller) may also forget his way. And, the most important is Bhangra and, Gidda performed by charming ladies, which can’t be forgot. As per the Hindu religion, it is believed that what ever we donate something in fire, it directly reach to our God and ancestors. On the day of Lohdi, the swinging crops from farm are brought home, then it is burnt in fire.Dancing and singing people move around it and do a thanks giving. Here also, there is a different style of worshiping God.

The echo of Bhagra, fire of woods in the evening and the smell of food items dedicated to fire, binds one village to another and one house to the other. This celebration is carried out till late night. Beats of huge drums, which tire the people people playing it, but the moments and dancing of legs don’t stop and together the taste of Rewdi and peanut is enjoyed the whole night. The color of Lohri is dimmed after the first rays of morning.

Lohri, the Festival of Youth

Although the festival of Lohri brings in happiness for every class and age people of north India. But, it is particularly special for young men, women and newly married couples. Today, youth, girls and guys, dress up beautifully and organise a competition of signing. With the burning of wood in fire, the newly married couple wish for their happy and peaceful married life. At the places of cultural functions, the preparation of Lohri starts a day before the day of festival.

Celebration of Makar Sankranti

As the festival of Lohri is celebrated just an evening before Makar Sankranti. And, the festival has a direct relation with sun entering in Capricorn sign. Sun itself is a factor of fire and power. So, on this festival fire should be worshipped. The farmers, celebrate this festival as Lohri, in order to make their Gods happy and thank for the Rabi crop. On the eve of this happy occasion, wish you all a very happy Lohri.

Comment(s) on this article

  1. AKHILESH RANJAN said on Jan 13, 2012 04:07 PM
    happy lohari to freind or famliy
  2. Jaswant Singh Bali said on Jan 13, 2012 06:30 PM
    I feel a more detailed description of Lohri, its origin, significance and full text of the songs which boys and girls sing to "beg Lohri"were required in this article. One of the boys also becomes a "hiran" (deer), and tghen all the boys sing : " Hiran maarey takkar di= Dhe paropi shakkar di......". Some boys sing:" Aakho mundeo dherni, dherni..." Girls go "lhri mangan" and sing this song at the doors, especially at the door of the home where a son was born during the year: " Neen gigga jaameya= Neen gur wandeya= Neen gurey diaan rodiaan= Neen bhann marodiaan= Aakho kudio aitwaar aitwaar= Andar ditta bahar ditta, ghuggoo da bhadola ditta= sehr-massehra=...." Enliven this article with the folk songs
  3. Raj said on Jan 04, 2013 03:26 PM
    Awesome Festival in India.. :)
  4. paras said on Jan 06, 2013 05:00 PM
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  5. dalbir said on Jan 08, 2013 04:01 PM
    said on Jan 13, 2012 04:01 PM
  6. ved pant said on Jan 10, 2013 12:26 PM
    happy lohari to all my friends and the families.
  7. Jaspreet Singh said on Jan 11, 2013 11:56 AM
    Happy Lohri to all my nearest and dearest
  8. anil sharma said on Jan 11, 2013 09:48 PM
    happy lohri to my all nearest and dearest.
  9. mani said on Jan 12, 2013 03:22 AM
    happiii lohri ... Regards, mani dhiman
  10. sarup said on Jan 12, 2013 08:00 AM
    very2 happy lohri to all of you
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  12. Sunil ahuja said on Jan 12, 2013 09:30 AM
    I like jaswant singh description of lohri. Liked the lohri song
  13. parvinder said on Jan 12, 2013 01:20 PM
    Mera birthday aaj sari duniya manayegi Happy birthday MINTU 12jan2013
  14. prabhjot singh said on Jan 12, 2013 04:31 PM
    Happy lohri all punjabi vera ta bjorga nu
  15. Harjeet Singh Toor said on Jan 12, 2013 06:09 PM
    happy lohri all my frnds
  16. alok said on Jan 12, 2013 07:07 PM
    ya!Lohri is on Jan 13,2013 It is on Sunday.
  17. alok singla said on Jan 12, 2013 07:10 PM
    Yes Lohri is on January 12,2013.It is before Sangrand always.
  18. jatt said on Jan 12, 2013 10:42 PM
    Its a hindu célébration molded on to uneducated sikhs, its not once mentioned in guru granth Sahib ji.... Wake up ppl
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