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Lohri 2019 - Date, Significance, Celebration, Bonfire & Traditional Feast information


Lohri 2019 - Date, Significance, Celebration, Bonfire & Traditional Feast information

Lohri is a Punjabi folk festival celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus in the Punjab region of India. This festival falls on 13th of January every year. It is observed the night before Makar Sankranti. During the leap years, Lohri is celebrated either on 12th of January or 14th of January.


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Lohri is a festival which marks the end of winter season and this occasion involves a Pooja Parikrama around the bonfire.


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Happy Lohri

Lohri is associated with the worship of Sun God and Fire God. The festival of Lohri marks the harvesting season in Punjab. It denotes the harvesting of the Rabi crops. So, all the people gathered and thank to God for giving them such a fantastic harvest.



Lohri 2019 date 

Lohri 2019 falls on Sunday, 13 January 2019.


Lohri significance

The festival of Lohri hold a great significance as it signifies the harvesting season in Punjab, end of the winter solstice and arrival of longer days. It marks the sun's journey to the northern hemisphere.



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Why we celebrate Lohri ?

Lohri is an auspicious occasion to celebrate the end of sowing season of Rabi crop such as wheat, mustard, linseed etc. which is now ready to harvest. It marks the end of longer winter nights and the arrival of longer days of summer.


Traditional feast of Lohri festival

The Lohri feast is prepared by using winter crops such as mustard greens, radish etc. The traditional dishes which are especially prepared during Lohri are Makke di Roti and Sarso da Saag. These two traditional dishes are served together with butter and jaggery. Another popular traditional dishes of this harvest festival are Rau di kheer (dessert made of sugarcane juice and rice) and Sesame Rice (Til Bhaat) which is prepared by using sesame seeds and jaggery.




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How is the Lohri festival celebrated ?

Lohri marks the starting of the harvest season and is celebrated by lighting a holy bonfire which signifies the end of winter solstice. All the people gathered around the bonfire, offer food and prayers to the Fire God (Agni Devta). They sing and dances around the bonfire to celebrate this auspicious occasion. All the devotees joined their hands and pray for a prosperous year. They put sweets made from jaggery and sesame into the fire as offerings to the fire God. Some of the other offerings are popcorns and peanuts. After offering all these food to Fire God these foods are distributed among the people who attended the festivities as a prasad.


How to celebrate Lohri ?

People dress up nicely and gathered around the fire to celebrate this auspicious occasion with their closed ones. They throw sesame, popcorns, groundnuts etc. into the flame of fire as offering to fire God. Then prayers are offered to the bonfire for prosperity and happiness. All the people make merry by singing and dancing on traditional songs. People perform Bhangra and Gidda on the beats of Dhol around the bonfire. Lohri is a harvest festival which calls for lavish dinners and family get-together.



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