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Festival Lohri
Festival Lohri

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Festival Lohri Lohri marks the culmination of winter and is celebrated on the 13th 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 in to 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. 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. The focus of Lohri is on the bonfire. The traditional dinner with makki ki roti and sarson ka saag is quintessential. The prasad comprises of five main things til gazak gur moongphali phuliya and popcorn. There is puja involving parikrama around the fire and distribution of prasad. This symbolises a prayer to Agni the spark of life for abundant crops and prosperity. It is also the one day when the womenfolk and children get attention. The first Lohri of a bride is extremely important. The first Lohri of a newborn baby whether a girl or a boy is also equally important. Children go from door to door singing and asking for the Lohri prasad.

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Sunil Jumani
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There is a legend associated with the festival of Lohri. It is said that there was once a Muslim highway robber known as Dullla Bhatti. He was a sort of the Indian version of the Robin Hood. He used to intimidate the prosperous people of Punjab and rob them of their riches. However he was a savior of the poor and even rescued Hindu girls from being sold off in the slave markets. Consequently he attained the status of a hero amongst the Punjabis and till today folk songs praising him are sung on the occasion of Lohri.

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