Lohri , a popular festival originated in Punjab particularly of Hindu and sikh faith.It is celebrated on the 13th of January during the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. Punjabis celebrate it on the last day of the month during which winter solstice takes place.Lohri is traditionally associated with the harvest of the rabi crops hence a Harvest festival.
Earlier during the daytime,children go door to door singing folk songs.Children are given sweets and occasionally money too.The collection gathered by them is called Lohri. Nowadays in houses,families recently having/had marriages or childbirth celebrate it auspiciously and people of any age group ask them for their Lohri.We always choose to be amongst the asking party side 😀 and singing all folk songs .We used to collect our Lohri from our grandparents too ,it was considered an ashirwad.
The famous folk song being sung is :
Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullah Bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paata ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chacha gali dese!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Bum Bum bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari itt!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pitt!
Sanoo de de Lohri, te teri jeeve jodi!
(Cry or howl!)
During Evening we set up Bonfire around a huge open place.We sing,dance ,sit around it,toss sesame seeds, gur, sugar-candy and rewaries on the bonfire and play till the fire dies out.
P.S. This pic is entirely created/drawn/colored by me 🙂 . I hope my efforts get appreciated 😉
Til , gachchak, crystal sugar, gur (jaggery), moongphali (peanuts) and phuliya or popcorn are disturbuted as parsad to all.Then a prayer is performed revolving around the fire.This is to show respect to the natural element Fire. Bhangra and Gidda is also performed to the beat of dhol.
It’s not just us,many films too has portrait the festival well.For example in Veer-Zaara,Mr. Amitabh Bachchan gave it a spark by introducing a new ritual and dancing on the tunes of “Lo aa gayi Lohri ve” along with gorgeous Hema Malini,Mr. Shahrukh Khan and lovely Preeti Zinta.
It’s the year start Festival.I hope you enjoy as much as we do.Have a bright year ahead 🙂