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Why is Lohri Celebrated?

Why is Lohri Celebrated?

Lohri is a festival celebrated in Punjab. This festival is celebrated in relation to the crops. Though Lohri” is a big fair for Punjabis, it is also popular in some of the North Indian states like Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. Lohri is liked by the Punjabis and is celebrated as festival for harvesting the crops. This festival is celebrated with lot of interest, passion and happiness. This festival is celebrated with much joy and enthusiasm among the farmers who are involved in harvesting the ‘Rabi’ crop.

The Lohri festival allows the people to have an opportunity in order to thank God. The people also pray God on this occasion and extend their gratitude towards Him for being kind and generous to them. They will pray God for all the prosperity He has given the people. The festival ‘Lohri’ is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs equally in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and certain places in Himachal Pradesh.

Lohri is celebrated especially in the month of January as the wheat crop is ready for the harvest in this winter season. As wheat is the main crop in winter in North India, this harvest is very important for them. The festival is enjoyed during the period between the harvesting and sowing of the crop. The people enjoy during the festival with family, friends, dancing, and singing for the folk songs by going round the bonfire in the night.

The festival ‘Lohri’ is considered as an important occasion for the family to have newly wedded couple and new born in the house during this festival. This festival falls in the month of ‘Pushya’ as per the Hindu calendar on the January 13th which falls on a day before ‘Makar Sankranti’. As the festival ends, the winter season also will end and the summer season will enter. The Punjabis call the name of the festival as ‘Lohi’. The actual name was found to have originated from the word ‘Loh’ which means ‘iron’. This is because the people will eat Til (sesame seeds) and rorhi (Jaggery) at this time. Hence the name was coined as ‘Tilorhi’ which later got transformed as Lohri.

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