Lohri, Happy Lohri, Festival of Bonfire, Punjabi Festival
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Lohri

Lohri is a sacred Indian festival celebrated on 13th January every year, just one day before Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan. It is a Punjabi festival, that is why Lohri is generally celebrated in North India, specially Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh where there is more Punjabi population. It is a fun filled festival which is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. Lohri marks the end of chilly winter season and signifies that summer will be starting soon. Lohri is also known as the Festival of Bonfire.


The day commences with children going door to door and singing Lohri song praising �Dulha Bhatti�, in return they get savories like gajak, rewri, popcorns, peanuts and sometimes money. People wear their traditional clothes and visits friends and family and exchange gifts.In the late evening a bon fire is lit to thank God for the good harvest, especially Rabi crop. Everyone takes parikrama( move in a big circle) around the fire, while taking rounds people throw puffed rice, peanuts, rewri, popcorns, gajak ,flour and butter in it and simultaneously pray to God for good fortune and honor, after that Prasad is distributed to everybody .People sing traditional songs and do folk dance Bhangra(by males) and Gidda(by females)on the beats of dhol. At the end dinner of makki ki roti(corn flour)and sarson ka saag(Mustard leaves) is served.


Those who are newly Wed or have a new born baby in their family celebrates Lohri is celebrated very grandly by inviting friends and relatives.