5 Lohri facts to make your celebration more meaningful
lohri has a deep rooted connection with ancient cultures and traditions of India.
There are numerous tales from the past that can be put together for the origin of this festival.
On Lohri night people gather around a bonfire and celebrate while dancing and singing traditional songs.
1. Lohri is dedicated to fire and the Sun God
- A festival essentially dedicated to the fire and the sun God, Lohri is associated with the concept of life and health in the Hindu religion.
- During this time the sun transits from the zodiac sign Capricorn and moves north.
- This new configuration lessens the impact of winter, ushering in the summer.
- The bonfire is also lit to ward off the cold winds and welcome the warmth of spring.
- This is the reason why the bonfire is worshiped and venerated as a deity.
- People propitiate the fire by offering Revari, peanuts, popcorn, and sweets.
2. Lohri marks the onset of harvest season.
- The festival of Lohri has a real meaning to the farmers of Punjab, for the state is the wheat bowl of India.
- They regard the festive day as the end of winter and beginning of spring.
- On this day, bonfires are lit at almost every place signifying the end of winters.
- Farmers relate the festival with harvesting of crops like rabi and by gifting sweets or money to the poor folks, they pray that the upcoming season will bring prosperity to their lives.
3. The tale of Dulla Bhatti and its connection with Lohri
- The festival of Lohri is often related to the legend of Dulla Bhatti who was a heroic character during the Mughal Empire.
- As the Robin Hood of Punjab province, Dulla once rescued a young girl from kidnappers and adopted her as a daughter and made all possible formalities for her marriage.
- Similar to this, there are other tales that describe the heroism of Dulla Bhatti.
- In the present times, the festival of Lohri is celebrated in honor of Dulla Bhatti with folk songs describing his brave saga.
4. Origin of the word Lohri
- There are various stories that direct us to the origin of the word ‘Lohri’.
- Some believe that the festival got its title from the wife of Sant Kabir, who was called Loi.
- Whereas, some stories state that the name of this festival was developed from til and rohri (Lohri, thus, is a portmanteau) which are considered as an important part of the sweet dishes on this day.
- According to the Hindu mythology, Lohri was the sister of Holika who survived with Parladh.
- The word Lohri is also believed to have an origin from the word regional word ‘loh’ which means warmth and light of fire.
5. New Bride Lohri – her promise of success and prosperity.
- In North India, the first Lohri a bride celebrates with her husband’s family is considered very special.
- Her presence makes the occasion more majestic with bridal dressing as she accompanies her husband who is dressed in colorful turban (of course if he’s a Sardar).
- The newlywed couple is the center of attraction and is gifted with clothes and jewelry from their in-laws.
- Receiving blessing from elders, the new bride is expected to bring success and prosperity to her new family through her own good fortune.
- As a new member of the family, the new bride performs gidda (a traditional female dance of Punjab) with her in-laws around the bonfire.
6. The Punjabi Lohri is celebrated with the greatest fervor and pomp.
- On the night of the festival family members, relatives and neighbors come together and perform bhangra (a type of dance) and giddas around a bonfire.
- Dinner comprises of traditional preparations, ending the meal with several sweets.
- People exchange sweets and young lads go door to door dancing on the beats of bhangra asking for Lohri gifts.
Burning Revari in Lohri Fire and Food Offerings on the next day bring Extreme Luck.
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