Lohri is the extremely popular winter festival celebrated in Punjab , Haryana, Delhi, Jammu and other parts of north India.
According to the folklores, Lohri is the celebration of the winter solstice day. Lohri
was celebrated on 'winter solstice day', being the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
A key feature of Lohri is 'bonfire'. Lighting of the fire has been common in winter slostice festivals as it signifies the return of longer days.
As per the customs and traditions with the onset of day children go from door to door singing traditional folk songs. In return, these children are given sweets like Till, gur, crystal sugar, gajak, peanuts, popcorn, rewari and money in the form of Lohri.
In the evening, people circle around the holy fire and throw popcorns,peanuts and other food items into the fire. People especially from the sikh community sing popular traditional folk songs which is often accompanied by men and women dancing on the drum beats and Bhangra tunes.
Lohri is traditionaly associated with the harvest of the rabi crops. The traditional time to harvest sugarcane is January and therefore, Lohri is seen by some to be a harvest festival. Sugarcane products such as gurh and gachak are central to Lohri celebrations, as are nuts which are harvested in January.
We wish you a very Happy and joyful Lohri, may this festival burn all your sorrows and gift you with immense happiness.