Lohri 2023: All you need to know about the festival
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Lohri 2023: All you need to know about the festival

"Sundar Mundariye Ho, Tera Kaun Vichara ho, Dulha Bhatti Wala Ho"

Lohri 2023: All you need to know about the festival

According to the Hindu calendar, Lohri, which is observed the day before Makar Sankranti, signifies the end of winter and is associated with the harvesting of the Rabi crop. In northern India, notably in the states of Punjab and Haryana, Lohri, the festival that brings luck and prosperity. The Lohri celebrations are a wonderful opportunity for neighbourhood get-togethers and socialising around the bonfire. Every year a day before Makar Sankranti, it is observed with much pomp, especially by Punjabis.

Lohri is to be observed on January 13, 2023 this year (Friday). Gajak, revdi, popcorn, puffed rice, and other traditional treats made of til are usually found in Lohri thaals, which are decorated with the recent harvest. According to a tale, the name lohri is thought to have come from the word loh, which describes a tawa used to make roti or chapati.

History and significance of Lohri

"Sundar Mundariye Ho, Tera Kaun Vichara ho, Dulha Bhatti Wala Ho"

This traditional song has been played during Lohri celebrations several times. Seniors of the family tell the tale of Dulha Bhatti and two Punjabi girls, Sundari Mundari, which became linked with the celebration. The Dulha Bhatti mythology first appeared in the 16th century, under the rule of Akbar, the Mughal emperor. He was a dacoit who used to rob the wealthy and provide food and money to the less fortunate. He is credited for being a fearless warrior who stood up for the underprivileged and rose to great fame in Punjab.

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According to tradition, the Lohri festival honours Dulha Bhatti for his valour and opposition to the injustice of the Mughal emperors. During the Lohri celebrations, bonfires are lighted, sweets are distributed, and Dulha Bhatti is honoured with traditional Punjabi folk dances and music.

Traditions and celebration

Lohri is one of the most loved festival because of the happy vibe of the festival. People eagerly anticipate all the exciting customs that lohri offers. Doing bhangra, gidda, and chajja, eating makki ki roti and sarson ka saag, and eating gajak, moongfali, puffed rice, revdi, and popcorn beside the bonfire are some of the traditional Lohri rituals.