Lohri is the first festival of every year and falls on January 13. It is one of the most famous and revered festivals which is celebrated especially in North India with a lot of pomp and fervour. It is many celebrated in parts of India including Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. The festival marks the start of a new farming season and end of winters. It is also known as the Harvest festival. Also, Punjabis considers the day after Lohri as the financial new year. Burning bonfire, dancing, singing and distribution of feast and sweetmeats are an intrinsic part of the festivities. Food items like rewri, gajak, sarson da saag and makke di roti are associated with the festival.
The festival falls a day before another famous festival Makar Sankranti. The festival also coincides with the festival of Bhogali Bihu of Assam and Pongal which is celebrated by Tamilians. The festival originally was celebrated on winter solstice day- the shortest day and longest night of the year but later it eventually started being celebrated as an end of winter season.
The festival holds a great significance as it marks the harvesting season and end of sowing and winter season. It is also celebrated to pay homage to the Surya (Sun God) for gracing all with his presence and for the bumper harvest. And that’s why it’s known as Harvest festival. As per legends, the festival is also celebrated to commemorate Dulha Bhatti (a Punjabi version of Robin Hood). He was known for robbing the rich to distribute the wealth among the poor. He was a hero among the locals and most of the songs are sung in praise of him. As per another legend, the festival is also associated with the story of Prahalad. As per the folklore, Prahalad who was a great devotee of Waheguru had two sisters Lohri and Holika. Harnakash once ordered Holika to sit in the fire along with Prahalad and Lohri. Holika vanished into the fire but Prahalad and Lohri survived. And that’s people celebrate Lohri and burn woods to pray to fire.
People across the country celebrate the occasion by organizing a huge bonfire get together. Friends and family enjoy feasts and sing folk songs and dance bhangra around the fire and they make offerings of jaggery, sesame, peanuts, puffed rice and popcorn to the fire as well. After the parikrama, people meet and greet their friends an family and exchange gifts and prasad. The advent of technology allows many to wish loved ones quickly from their mobile. And if you are too looking for some good messages and wishes for Lohri then you are at right place as today we have listed out some of the best messages for Lohri that you can send and celebrate with your loved ones.
Customs and rituals
On the day of the festival, people prepare a feast that includes sweets like Gazzak and Rewri among others. In the evening, the bonfire custom is done and for the same people gather and throw puffed rice, peanuts, and popcorns among others into the fire. While doing so they chant “Adar aye dilather jaye” which means “May honour come in and poverty vanish”. As per traditions, children sing songs in praise of Dulha Bhatti and seek money from elders. Folksongs are also sung to thank Surya (Sun God). After offering prayers, people meet loved ones, exchange greetings, dance around the fire and distribute prasad. The traditional feast includes makke di roti and sarson da saag (Corn chapati and stew of greens) which are made from freshly harvested crops. We at India.com wish a very Happy Lohri to you and your family.
Time and Muharat:
This year Shubh Muharat of Lohri puja starts from 17:57 to 19:37 and 21:16 to 22:56.
On this pious occasion, the legend of Dullah Bhatti who was Punjabi version of Robinhood is recounted in form of folk songs. People pay homage to Lord Sun as well for its presence and helping them for a bounteous harvest. During the festival, a new bride or newborn baby is showered with a lot of gifts and blessings as it marks fertility and joy of life. It also sets the mood for blending with loved ones and gives a chance to widen our social circle. In short, this occasion fosters a sense of fellowship and encourages all to stay in harmony.
Happy Lohri 2019!