Lohri is a popular Indian festival of Punjab that is celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus. This festival denotes the last of the coldest days of the winter season. People from North India also celebrate this festival. It is basically an agricultural festival that is indian traditional mehandi designs associated with the harvest of the rabi crops. This festival is a joyous time to celebrate with the loved ones.
Lohri falls on 13th of January of every year, and people walk around the bonfire. People collect logs of wood a few days before Lohri. They dance with joy and offer gajjak, groundnuts, and rewaris to the bonfire. Logs of wood and solid items are burnt on this day to bring an end to the evil. The folklore “Sunder mundriye ho!” is sung by the people. Bhangra and Gidda are performed by Punjabi communities. Men and women dance to the beat of the dhol. Punjabi folk songs are sung by the people on this festival.
Indian delicacies like sarson ka saag and makai ki roti, pindi chane, sesame seeds, peanuts, til ki barfee, dry fruit chikki, and gur ka halwa are eaten on this auspicious day. During the day, children go from door to door singing folk songs. The children are given money and return gift for housewarming party by the elders. Families welcome newlyweds and new born babies and treat them special on this day. If a couple is married recently or a new baby is born, Lohri celebrations are grand. Lohri celebration for newlywed bride is done by applying Mehandi and wearing bangles. The bride is gifted new clothes and indian gold jewellery designs bangles by the in-laws. Husbands wear new dress and turban on Lohri.
In some villages, Lohri Goddess is made with cattle dung (gobar) and it is decorated before worshipping. Milk and water is provided to thank the Sun God and people seek continued protection. Sindhis call this festival as Lal Loi. The children bring wooden mandir buy online sticks from the elders and light fire burning the sticks during night. People enjoy themselves by dancing and playing around the fire.
Lohri is all about lights and fun. People dance with their family and friends in the cold merrily. As Lohri celebrates New Year, harvest, and fertility, people plant new trees and saplings. This is a great environmental activity to compensate the loss of the trees that are cut. IndiaEthnix sells high quality Indian handicrafts online and you can place order for the gifts for your loved ones. You can browse the collection and purchase the best handicrafts this festive season.