Lohri: a festival of celebrating the harvest season
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With the onset of the new year, the season of new joy, enthusiasm, and festivity come. And in the new year, the first festival that comes is of Lohri. Lohri is one of the leading festivals of the Indian community. In states like Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal, the festival is known as the Harvest festival. In other states like Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Assam and Kerala Lohri is known as Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Bihu, and Tai Pongal respectively. The Lohri is celebrated on January 13, 2020, Monday this year.
Lohri marks the end of the winter season and welcomes the sun moving in the northern hemisphere. People celebrated Lohri in the form of gathering, encircling the bonfire, dancing, and singing and welcome the harvest of rabi crops. Lohri is a farmer’s festival. The fire around which people gather and celebrate Lohri signifies the gratitude offered to the sun god.
History of Lohri:
There was a story of Dulla Bhatti which is related to the festival of Lohri. He was a kind person who used to steal wealthy people and feed to the poor with that amount. There is a tradition of asking for Lohri door to door in which children sing and dance to show their gratitude to Dulha Bhatti.
Some special sweets and delicacies like kheer, Revadi, Gajjak, popcorn, til laddu, Ghevar and Mungfali offer as Prasad at the time of Bonfire.