Lohri, among one of the most popular celebrations of north India is just around the bend. Commemorated mostly by Sikhs and also Hindus, the event notes the end of the winter solstice and harvesting of the rabi plants. The festival is celebrated yearly on January 13 with much enthusiasm and passion.
Individuals like to deck up in vibrant standard outfits, sing as well as hem and haw the bonfire, welcoming the longer days of warmer temperature level.
As per some stories, words Lohri has actually come from the term ‘loh’, which means a big iron griddle or tava, utilized for making chapattis for community banquets. According to an additional tale the word is originated from ‘Loi’, who was the better half of reformer Kabir Das.
The festival of Lohri holds excellent value as it marks the harvest of the rabi plants and also the end of winter season days. Individuals praise the sun and the fire and thank them for the good harvest. The day is observed by all communities with different names.<br>
The very first Lohri is taken into consideration extremely advantageous for a brand-new bride-to-be and a newborn, as it notes fertility. The event likewise holds great importance for farmers. According to the Indian calendar, Lohri falls in the month of Pausha and also is followed by the festival of kites, Makar Sankranti.
How Lohri is commemorated
Generally Lohri is celebrated by lighting a substantial bonfire in the lawn after the rabi crops are cut. Small idols of Lohri siren are made with cattle dung and area below the fire.
The bonfire is lit at sundown and also people wearing traditional outfits, circle around it and throw sesame seeds, jaggery, as well as rewaries in it. They kick back the fire as well as sing and dance till the fire dies out.
By this way they pray to the fire god, to bless their land with wealth as well as success. Following this people exchange greetings and grant their family and friends participants.
Sugarcane products such as gajak, jaggery are an important part of Lohri celebrations, as these are made from the crops collected in the month of January. Apart from this til, peanuts, as well as snacks are additionally distributed amongst the people as prasad (offerings made to god). Makki ki roti and also sarson ka saag is offered in supper.