Lohri Significance

                         For the people of North India, Lohri is symbolic of their love for celebrations. People in the states of Punjab, Haryana and parts of Himachal Pradesh are busy in preparing for this festival.
People, especially in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and parts of Himachal Pradesh, are busy making preparations for Lohri -- the long-awaited bonfire festival -- when they can come out of their homes and celebrate the harvesting of the rabi (winter) crops and give in to relaxing and enjoying the traditional folk songs and dances.

                         Lohri marks the culmination of winter, and is celebrated on the 14th day of January in the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. For Punjabis, this is more than just a festival; it is also an example of a way of life. Lohri celebrates fertility and the spark of life. People gather round the bonfires, throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into the flames, sing popular songs and exchange greetings. An extremely auspicious day, Lohri marks the sun's entry into the 'Makar Rashi' (northern hemisphere). The period, beginning from 14 January lasting till 14 July, is known as Uttarayan. It is also the last day of the month of Maargazhi, the ninth month of the lunar calendar. The Bhagawad Gita deems it an extremely sacred and auspicious time, when Lord Krishna manifests himself most tangibly. The Hindus 'nullify' their sins by bathing in the Ganges. And so, across India, people celebrate the month and the prodigious harvest it brings - Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and the Sankranti in Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

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