Dates, times and everything you need to know about the Lohri Harvest Festival

Dates, times and everything you need to know about the Lohri Harvest Festival

Happy Lohri 2022: The Lohri festival is observed in India one night before Makar Sankranti. The very popular is celebrated in North India as a traditional winter folk festival or as a popular harvest festival for farmers. Lohri commemorates the passing of the winter solstice and looks forward to the longer days when the sun rises towards the northern hemisphere.

The Lohri Festival in India marks the decline of winters and the beginning of a new harvest season. The festival is celebrated primarily by the people of Hindu and Sikh communities in the Punjab region of India. Read on to know more about Lohri, its meaning and history from below.

Lohri Festival date

Lohri festival in India, according to the solar part of the lunisolar Bikrami calendar or according to the Hindu solar calendar falls in the month of Paush. In 2022, Lohri falls on January 13, according to the Georgian calendar.

Lohri Festival in India: Meaning and History

Wheat, which is the main winter crop in Punjab, was sown in October and is at its best in January across the fields. It is harvested later in March, but after weeks of harvesting the Rabi crop, people in the northern state of India gather around a bonfire and celebrate the end of the winter season. The celebration is a promise of the upcoming spring season, as Lohri is in January.

Lohri in India: Legend of Dulla Bhatti

The celebration of Lohri in India is also attributed to the tale of ‘Dulla Bhatti’. He was a local hero from the Punjab, and during Mughal’s reign in India he worked as the savior of the people.

Dulla Bhatti was considered Robin Hood from Punjab as he wanted to steal from the rich to support the poor. He also famously saved a group of young girls from being sold into slavery.

Lohri Festivals in India: How is the Lohri Festival celebrated in India?

Lohri in India is celebrated with a traditional bonfire. During the celebration, people, along with praying to the gods for a healthy harvest that brought prosperity to the families, also offer gur ki rewari, peanuts and makhana for the bonfire. They also dance around it while singing popular folk songs.

Lohri celebrations in India are marked by people gathering in a common place and setting up a giant bonfire with different kinds of sweet delicacies. Big parties are also served as Lohri is all about enjoying the traditional food.

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