The Lohri is the festival which is having the special significance in the history of Punjab. The Lohri is the festival which is also known as the harvest festival of Punjab. On the next day of Lohri the festival Makar Sankranti is celebrated. Lohri is celebrated during the cold months of the year. On the occasion of the festival the song is also sung:
�Where have the shawls and braziers gone?
To the golden mountain Where's the golden mountain gone?
To the sun's ray Where has the sun's ray gone?
To the sun Where's the sun gone?
To the fire The fire burns, the ray warms
The snows melt, the cold days have ended.�
Customs and Traditions of Lohri:
The festival of Lohri reflects the harvesting of the Rabi crops and in Punjab and Haryana the people celebrates Lohri as it marks the end of Winter. The harvesting feilds are lit up with the flames of the bonfires and is also surrounded by the friends and relatives who are singing folk songs. The people who are gathered around the bonfires throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn singing the popular folk songs and exchange the greetings among themselves.
Lohri is celebrated every year on January 13th. The festival is celebrated to worship the fire god. In the North India the fetsival is celebrated with the great enthusiasm and excitement. During the Lohri night the people gather around the bonfires and and throws the puffed rice, sweets and popcorns. People sing the merry making songs by dancing and singing the traditional Lohri songs.
Lohri is the festival with the great vibrant festival that actually signifies the harvesting of the Rabi crops. The people of the northern India eagerly waits for the festival to celebrate it with their friends and family members. The celebration of Lohri also reflects the period which highlights the importance of the fertility in Indian family.
For the people of Punjab the festival is of great significance and it also marks the festival of huge bonfires. The celebration on 13th January is associated with the harvesting of the Rabi crops. The special significance of the celebration starts with the Zordiac of Capricorn (Makara) which is considered to be most auspicious for the start of the year. During the celebrations the festival is celebrated with the bonfires, talking, laughing, exchanging greetings, praying for the prosperity and offering til, moongfalli and chirwa.