The Festival of Lohri - Celebrated by Sikhs and Hindu in India
By : Dealsdunia
The onset of the harvest season in Punjab marked by the festival of Lohri and that calls for a celebration in many parts of northern India. Lohri is celebrated by both Sikh and Hindu communities in India by lighting a holy bonfire that also signifies passing of the winter solstice. The festival officially marks the end of the long nights of winter and welcomes the longer days of summer as the sun begins its journey to northern India.
How and why Lohri is celebrated
Lohri is depicted and characterized by ancient tradition by the lighting of a holy fire that signifies the fire god Agni. Folks of people gather around the bonfire and offer prayers & food to the fire, sing, dance and make merry. Disciple and devotees circle the fire with their hands joined in a request asking for a healthy and prosperous year and also tossing sweet treats made from jaggery and sesame seeds.
According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival of Lohri is celebrated on the 13th of January as it an occasion to celebrate the end of the sowing season of rabi crop and is also a celebration of the Sun God Surya who is proposed gratitude for gracing followers and disciples with the presence once again. Lohri falls a day before the kite flying festival of Makar Sankranti that marks the beginning of the summer months however Lohri coincides with the festival of Bhogali Bihu in Assam and Pongal in Tamil Nadu.
One of the greatest festivals of Punjab and Haryana is celebrated on the 13th of January during the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti.
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