LOHRI- Marks the beginning of Festival Season

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Lohri– the first festival of new year celebrated with huge pomp and show in Sikh and Hindu community. Lohri marks the end of winter season and it is believed that from Lohri onwards sun start moving to the northern hemisphere leading to the longer days. It is celebrated a day before the Makar Sakaranti and termed as festival of harvest. 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. This festival marks a thanks giving to the sun god, the mother earth, the fields and the fire.

These three are the most important elements for our life. As they are granted free of cost to us by god, it is our prime responsibility to thank in return and pray to them.  The People of north India primarily Punjabis celebrated lohri with bonfire in their yards, singing, dancing, socializing around the fire eating delicious food with their relatives. They celebrate the harvesting of sugar cane, Sesame seeds, Jaggery, Radish, Mustard and Spinach and they are the primary attractions of the festivity. People make sweets called Revari and Gajak, and staples such as Sarso ka Saag with Makki ki roti.

 

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