Lohri, a Punjabi festival, is so much more than just a day to commemorate. It is the first big festival in India and marks a new beginning to the current year. Since the popular concept behind Lohri is its association with crop harvest, it is also known as the ‘festival of harvest’. It is also believed to be a tribute to the existence of fire and Sun God.
Song, dance, world-class cuisines and rich cultural roots is what makes this festival even more colourful. Get a glimpse of the best parts of this day and enlighten yourself as to why Lohri is so special to some of us.
1. Bidding adieu to Winters
According to popular belief, Lohri is an official goodbye party to the deadly winters. Setting a bonfire and warming up with your family around it is the best way to mark a new beginning. This makes Lohri all the more a soothing festival and reconnects you to your family.
2. New farming season
January marks the beginning of sugarcane harvest and Lohri is traditionally associated with the harvest of Rabi crops. This makes Lohri double the celebration it is and makes it even more a significant carnival.
3. Some terrific song and dance sequences
Lohri is certainly incomplete without some intense bhangra and gidda sequences around the bonfire. When it comes to celebration that too in a festival which belongs to Punjabis, it is not a very rare sight though. If you are planning to visit a Lohri celebration, get ready to shake a leg to some really fast Punjabi songs.
4. Some exotic delicacies
Gajak, moongfalli, rewri, makke di roti, sarson da saag and a long list of dishes that is sure to titillate your taste-buds is a good enough reason to celebrate Lohri. A locally made ’til rice’, a sweet combination of rice, jaggery and sesame seed, is the highlight of the day. You just cannot miss that!
5. Historical significance
The classic Lohri song, ‘Sunder mundriye’ which is sung while taking rounds in front of the bonfire, celebrates the good-deeds of a Punjabi ‘Robin-hood’, Dulla Bhatti, who served the poor during the rough mughal era. His stories are recollected and admired through songs that accentuate his great accomplishments.