Lohri - Harvest Festival of Punjab
Lohri is also known as the harvest festival of breadbasket state of India, Punjab. Thus, people living in Punjab and the Punjabis across India and the World attach a great significance to the festival of Lohri. Lohri for the Punjabis is the festival of feasts and foods. Lohri is also celebrated in Punjab and India to mark both celebration and sharing.
This Harvest Festival prompts people to be thankful for God for creating the mankind. In Punjab, wheat is sown in the month of October and is harvested in March or April. Therefore Wheat is the main winter crop in North and Punjab, Wheat fields come up with the promise of a golden harvest in the month of January and farmers all over Punjab celebrate Lohri during this rest period before the cutting and gathering of crops.
How Lohri is Celebrated
Lohri is celebrated with great zeal, enthusiasm and excitement in Punjab. In right spirit of the Punjabi culture, Punjabi men and Punjabi women perform the traditional dances like Bhangra and Giddha. People also perform other popular Punjabi folk dances during the cold Lohri day around a bonfire.
Lohri Songs are also sung by enthusiastic children who as a age old trend roam from house to house singing Lohri songs. The people also oblige the children openhandedly by giving them money, sweets and eatables as offering for the festival.
Significance of Lohri Bonefire
The view at evenings during Lohri Festival is truly mesmerizing as the Logs of wood are piled up together for a bonfire. People along with their friends and relatives gather around it to celebrate Lohri. Once the family and friends are gathered together they go around the fire three times, giving offerings of popcorns, peanuts, rayveri and sweets. The Dhol beats are continuously played by the traditional drummers while people dance around the fire. In Lohri Festival's Prasad of til, peanuts, rayveri, puffed rice, popcorn, gajak and sweets is distributed among the family members.
The symbolic prayer around the fire or agni is performed for abundant crops and prosperity