Lohri

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Lohri

Lohri is celebrated to worship the fire and is celebrated in a big way specially in Punjab. It marks the end of the winter season. It is traditionally associated with the harvest of rabi crops. It is also considered to be a harvest festival in some regions. 

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Lohri
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The Maghi Day

The day after Lohri is called ‘Maghi’ and it signifies the commencement of the financial new year. It is the most important day for farmers as it marks the beginning of new agricultural occupancy.

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The Maghi Day
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Tradition

The day starts with the old ritual of children going door-to- door, singing and demanding Lohri ‘Loot’ in the form of money or sweets. They sing songs in praise of Dulha Bhatti- ‘Punjabi Robin Hood’ who robbed the rich and helped the poor. 

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Tradition
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The Bonfire Ritual

The evening ends with the ritual of bonfires, which are lit in the harvested field and people throw rice, popcorn, etc into the fire shouting, “Aadar aye dilather jaye” (May honour come and poverty vanish!). 

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The Bonfire Ritual
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Celebration

Punjabis express joy by doing their tradtional folk dance called ‘Bhangra’ in front of the bonfire, in order to plead with the fire god to bless the land with a bountiful harvest.

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Celebration
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Get- together

Lohri is considered more as an opportunity to spread joy and happiness among the community. It is also celebrated to communicate the message of oneness and brotherhood.     

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Get- together
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