Lohri

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Lohri

Lohri is an extremely popular Punjabi agricultural winter festival celebrated throughout Punjab and in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu.

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Lohri
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Origin of Lohri

Origins of Lohri are many. Many people believe the festival began as a celebration of the eve of the winter solstice.

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Origin of Lohri
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Legend of Lohri- Dulla Bhatti

Dulla Bhatti was a famous legendary Rajput hero of the Punjab, who led a rebellion against the Mughal emperor Akbar. He used to loot the rich and distribute the looted items into poor.

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Legend of Lohri- Dulla Bhatti
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Holika, Lohri and Prahlad

According to another legend Holika and Lohri were sisters. While the former perished in the Holi fire, the latter survived with Prahlad.

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Holika, Lohri and Prahlad
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Loi

Some people believe that Lohri has derived its name from Loi, the wife of Saint Kabir.

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Loi
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Loh

There is a legend amongst some people that Lohri comes from the word 'loh', a thick iron sheet tawa used for baking chapattis for community feasts.

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Loh
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Til & Rorhi

Eating of til (sesame seeds) and rorhi (jaggery) is considered to be essential on Lohri day. Perhaps the words til and rorhi merged to become tilorhi, which eventually got shortened to Lohri.

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Til & Rorhi
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Lohri Celebration

While Lohri is essentially a Punjabi festival, it is celebrated in some other states of North India as well. In cities like Delhi, which have a predominant Punjabi population, Lohri is celebrated to denote the last of the coldest days of winter. Singing and dancing form an intrinsic part of the celebrations.

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Lohri Celebration
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Lohri Song

By the end of the first week of January, small groups of boys go ringing doorbells and chanting some kind of doggerel with each line ending in “ho”. Also every other Lohri song has words to express gratitude to Dulla Bhatti.

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Lohri Song
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