Why do we celebrate Lohri:
come, dirt depart
Dirt is uprooted and its roots Cast in the fire.”
The festival of Lohri is mainly celebrated in North Indian states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu. Lohri is the long-awaited Bonfire festival — when people come out of their homes and celebrate the harvesting of the winter crops and give into relaxing and enjoying the traditional folk songs and dances.
This festival is connected with the solar year. This festival is to worship fire and is the auspicious occasion for newly married couples.
It is mainly seen as an occasion marking the end of the winters and beginning of a new harvest season by Punjabi’s. Lohri involves a Puja Parikrama around the bonfire and distribution of Prasad. This symbolizes a prayer to Agni, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity.
The earth, farthest from the sun at this point of time, starts its journey towards the sun, thus ending the coldest month of the year, Paush, and announcing the start of the month of Magh and the auspicious period of Uttarayan.
According to the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna manifests himself in his full magnificence during this time. The Hindus ‘nullify’ their sins by bathing in the Ganges.
Significance of Lohri
The rituals and celebrations associated with Makara Sankranti and Lohri are only symbolic of a common thanksgiving to nature as represented by the Sun god, and in the process, the festivities embody a spirit of brotherhood, unity, and gratitude, with family reunions and merrymaking generating a lot of happiness, goodwill, and cheer.
For people of Punjab, the festival of Lohri holds a great significance as it marks the harvesting season in Punjab and the end of the winter season. The main event is making of a huge bonfire which is symbolic of the homage to the Sun God for bringing in warmth.
There is a special significance attached to the celebration of Lohri as this day the sun enters the Rashi (zodiac) of Makara (Capricorn), is considered auspicious as it signifies a fresh start.
Lohri has a special significance for the agriculturists because it marks the beginning of a new financial year because on this day they settle the division of the products of the land between themselves and the tillers.
The festival of Lohri is linked to the atmospheric physical changes.
Stories behind celebrating Lohri
Since Lohri is celebrated in more than one states in India, So there are many stories behind celebrating Lohri. Some of them are –
The story of Prahalad
Prahlada was a daitya king, the son of Hiranyakashipu, and the father of Virochana. he was devoted towards Vishnu. His father didn’t like his spiritual inclination. He tried to warn Prahlada. Despite several warnings from his father Hiranyakashipu, Prahalad continued to worship Vishnu instead. His father then tried many ways to kill Prahlada but all were unsuccessful.
Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashipu, was blessed in that she could not be hurt by fire. Hiranyakashipu puts Prahlāda on the lap of Holika as she sits on a pyre. Prahlāda prays to Vishnu to keep him safe. Holika then burns to death as Prahlada is left unscathed. This event is celebrated as the Hindu festival of Holi. From there, people started celebrating Lohri and burn woods at night and “Pray to Fire” that don’t harm our sons like you didn’t harm Prahalad.
Famous Panjabi Lohari Song
” Sundar Mundriya! Hoi!
Tera Kaun Bechara! Hoi!
Dullah Bhatti wala! Hoi!
Dullah Di Dhi viyahi ! Hoi !
Sher ShaKar pai! Hoi!
Kuri de Mamme aaye! Hoi!
UnaNe ChuRi Kuti! Hoi!
Jimidari Lutti! Hoi!
Ik kola GhuT Gaya!
Another version of Lohri
There is also another version of Lohri. In olden times, human beings lit fires to keep away flesh-eating animals and protect their habitations.
Everyone contributed to this communal fire, for which young boys and girls collected firewood from the jungle.
The Festival of Lohri marks the beginning of the end of winter and the coming of spring and the new year.
That is why even today when people burn cow-dung cakes it is teenagers who go around collecting them. The Lohri bonfire is symbolic of our old method of protecting ourselves as well as a form of fire worship.
It is to the Lohri fire that couples pray for more children and parents for husbands for their unmarried daughters.
How Lohri is Celebrated?
Lohri is celebrated on the 13th day of January in the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. A week before Lohri, children begin gathering firewood, hunting for logs that will burn well.
A spirit of good-nature rivalry binds the community together and everyone takes pride in making the biggest and most grand bonfire in their neighbourhood.
Lohri is an important festival which brings the entire community together, each family contributing sweets made of til and gur, peanuts and many other delicious home-made delicacies.
It is all about being with closed ones and thanking god for all the prosperity bestowed.
Bonfires are lit on the occasion and all family members and invited guests take their turns to move around the Lohri bonfire and throw puffed rice and popcorns into the fire along with other sweets.
The festival is followed by Punjabi Gidda and Bhangra to the beats of the Dhol.
Young lads and girls going from home to home and asking for Lohri, which is some form of donation either in cash or sweets.
There is a traditional dinner with Makki ki Roti and Sarson ka Saag. Then the Prasad is distributed which comprises of six things: Til, dry sweet dish, Gur (jaggery), Moongphali (peanut), Phuliya and popcorn.
Happy Lohri Wishes
Hope your home is filled with abundant blessings this festive season.
Wishing this harvest season brings happiness and prosperity to you and your family.
Hope divine grace brings joy to your heart and fulfills all your wishes on this auspicious occasion.
Wishing the bonfire of Lohri brightens your life with abundant joy.
Have a happy Lohri!
I wish that the rhythms of this joyous festival fill your heart with loads of happiness and merriment.
Warm wishes for a Lohri that brings new hopes and aspirations in your life.
Have a joyful Lohri!
Hope the Lohri fire burns all moments of grief and brings you moments of joy and warmth.
May this festival of Lohri bring joy and happiness to you and your family.
Wishing you a Lohri filled with celebrations and a whole lot of fun!
May this festival of lohri fill your life
with lots of energy and enthusiasm
and may it bring happiness and prosperity
to you and your loved ones
May this joyous occasion
fill your home & heart with joys
Hope all your dreams are fulfilled this festive season.
Sending my warmest greetings and best wishes for a bright and happy Lohri!
Hope you enjoy many moments of happiness and be jollyas you sing and dance around the bonfire Happy Lohri to you!
On this joyous night…
dance and make merry…
fill your heart with joy…
May the joyous festival…
bring immense merriment…
to you and your family…
May wahe guru fulfill your all wishes on this Lohri.
Wishing you the warmth of the fire and the sweetness of gurh and rewri at Lohri.
Enjoy the festive season…
sing and dance with fun…
wishing you happiness…
on this Lohri!
May the joyous seasons
bring you a fulfilling harvest…
and rythmic celebrations
Days filled with joy, Weeks of Happiness,
Months filled with prosperity, Years of celebrations are sent your way. God
bless you today and everyday.
Happy Lohri !!
Wishing God’s abundant blessings fill your
life with happiness and pleasant surprises this Lohri and always.
Have a happy Lohri!
Wishing happiness and prosperity to you and
your family this harvest season.
Let all your wishes come true this Lohri and
Hope this Lohri brings you peace, happiness,
I wish the warmth of bonfires fills your home and heart with the spirit of happiness this Lohri!
Hope you are blessed with good luck, fortune,
and bounties of joy this Lohri and forever.
Have a joyous Lohri!
On this joyous festival,
Sending warm wishes from our home to yours.
Wishing you a bounteous harvest and a happy
celebration on Lohri.
Have a joyous Lohri!
Wishing you all the joy this festive season
can bring to you.
Ring out the cold…
the old and the sad…
ring in the warmth and
love of the season…
hope and cheerfulness…
within you Happy Lohri!
Sending my warm thoughts and lovely wishes for
a bountiful Lohri.
Have a happy Lohri!
May the joyous harvest season
brings to you & your family
happiness & prosperity.
best wishes for a joyous Lohri.
May the bonfire give you warmth and joys of
rewari and gachak bring sweetens to your relationships,
moongphalli and til add crispness in your life and
the kite of your success soar high into the sky!
May the festival of Lohri
Sweetens your life like Reori;
Crunches it like Peanuts;
Flavours it like Seasame Seeds;
And gives you the warmth of Bonfire.
A Very Happy Lohri
Days of joy, weeks of laughter
months of good luck and year of prosperity
Here I wish you a cheerful Lohri!
May the delicious taste of makke ki roti,
sarson ka saag, the sweetness of gur and til bring lots of happiness and
prosperity this festive season.
The worst of the winter is over, spring is not far away – Happy Lohri!
Let’s get the bonfire going! Happy Lohri.
Sing-a-song and dance with abandon! Happy Lohri.
To you & your family.
May the Lohri fire burn all the moments of sadness and bring you warmth of joy, happiness and love.
I wish the bonfire of Lohri take all your
sadness away and bring serenity, joy, and peace in your life.
Hoping this harvest season, smile occupy the
faces of all your loved ones and you enjoy the festivities with a bang!…