Lohri

Lohri is a very popular festival of Punjab which is celebrated in the middle of January. Lohri marks the end of winter on the last day of Paush,and beginning of Magha when the sun changes its course. It is associated with the worship of the sun and fire and is observed by all communities with different names.On this day there is a big excitemnet in whole punjab and there exists feeling of jubilation all over.

This is the best harvest time and there is atmosphere of happines and satisfaction.

The festival of Lohri signifies the harvesting of the Rabi crops.Harvested fields and front yards are litup with flames of bonfires, around which people gather to meet friends and relatives and sing folk songs. For Punjabis it is also an example of their love for celebrations. Lohri celebrates fertility and the joy of life.

It is said that,the name,Lohri is derived from Loi,the wife of Sant Kabir, for in rural Punjab Lohri is pronounced as Lohi.Others say that Lohri comes from the word 'loh',a thick iron plate,called tava,which is used for roasting rotis for the community feasts.

As per a legend,Holika(Holi) and Lohri were sisters and the former perished in the Holi fire, while the latter survived.Consuming the preparations of til (sesame seeds) especially the 'Laddoos' and rorhi (jaggery) is considered to be essential on this day.It is assumed that the word Lohri is derived from the combination of Til and Rohri.

Legend

Lohri is a very popular festival of Punjab which is celebrated in the middle of January. Lohri marks the end of winter on the last day of Paush,and beginning of Magha when the sun changes its course. It is associated with the worship of the sun and fire and is observed by all communities with different names.On this day there is a big excitemnet in whole punjab and there exists feeling of jubilation all over.This is the best harvest time and there is atmosphere of happines and satisfaction.

The festival of Lohri signifies the harvesting of the Rabi crops.Harvested fields and front yards are litup with flames of bonfires, around which people gather to meet friends and relatives and sing folk songs. For Punjabis it is also an example of their love for celebrations. Lohri celebrates fertility and the joy of life.

It is said that,the name,Lohri is derived from Loi,the wife of Sant Kabir, for in rural Punjab Lohri is pronounced as Lohi.Others say that Lohri comes from the word 'loh',a thick iron plate,called tava,which is used for roasting rotis for the community feasts.

As per a legend,Holika(Holi) and Lohri were sisters and the former perished in the Holi fire, while the latter survived.Consuming the preparations of til (sesame seeds) especially the 'Laddoos' and rorhi (jaggery) is considered to be essential on this day.It is assumed that the word Lohri is derived from the combination of Til and Rohri.

Sundri Mundri Hai ! Ho !
Tera Kaun Bechara ! Ho !
Dullah Bhatti wala ! Ho !
Dullah Di Dhi viyahi ! Ho !
Sher Shakar pai ! Ho !
Kudi de Mamme aaye! Ho !
UnaNe ChuRi Kuti ! Hoi !