Happy Lohri 2023: Meaning, Story, History, Significance & All you need to know about the traditional harvest festival

Happy Lohri 2023: Meaning, Story, History, Significance & All you need to know about the traditional harvest festival

Lohri, one of the most popular festivals of north India is just around the corner. Celebrated primarily by Sikhs and Hindus, the festival marks the end of the winter solstice and harvesting of the rabe crops. The festival is celebrated every year on January 13 with much enthusiasm and zeal.

People like to deck up in colorful traditional attires, sing and dance around the bonfire, welcoming the longer days of warmer temperature.

Lohri Meaning

As per some stories, the word Lohri has come from the term ‘loh‘, which means a big iron griddle or tava, used for making chapattis for community feasts. According to another tale the word is originated from ‘Loi’, who was the wife of reformer Kabir Das.

Lohri History

The origin of the festival can be traced back from the tale of Dulla Bhatti, who was a famous legendary hero of Punjab and led a rebellion against Mughal emperor Akbar. Due to his acts of bravery, he became a hero for the people of Punjab and almost every Lohri song has words to express gratitude to him..

Lohri Significance

The festival of Lohri holds great significance as it marks the harvest of the rabi crops and the end of winter days. The people worship the sun and the fire and thank them for the good harvest. The day is observed by all communities with different names.

The first Lohri is considered very auspicious for a new bride and a newborn baby, as it marks fertility. The festival also holds great importance for farmers. According to the Indian calendar, Lohri falls in the month of Pausha and is followed by the festival of kites, Makar Sankranti.

How Lohri is celebrated

Traditionally Lohri is celebrated by lighting a huge bonfire in the yard after the rabi crops are chopped. Small idols of Lohri goddess are made with cattle dung and place beneath the fire.

The bonfire is lit at sunset and people donning traditional attires, circle around it and throw sesame seeds, jaggery, and rewaries in it. They sit around the fire and sing and dance till the fire dies out.

By this way they pray to the fire god, to bless their land with abundance and prosperity. Following this people exchange greetings and gifts with their friends and family members.

Sugarcane products such as gajak, jaggery are an important part of Lohri celebrations, as these are made from the crops harvested in the month of January. Apart from this til, peanuts, and popcorn are also distributed among the people as prasad (offerings made to god). Makki ki roti and sarson ka saag is served in dinner.

Here is wishing everyone a very happy Lohri!