New Delhi: The much-awaited first festival of 2021 – Lohri is here! Every year it is celebrated with much gusto and fervour on January 13. The festival holds a greater significance in the states of Punjab and Haryana.
Also, the festivval is widely celebrated by the Indian diaspora settled abroad.
But have you ever thought about why we celebrate this festival? Well, it is said that Lohri marks the winter solstice, welcoming the beautiful summer sunshine with open arms. Lohri is celebrated one day before Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi on January 13 every year.
There are various legends associated with the festival and its origin. There are many Lohri folk songs associated with the festival and in them, Surya Dev or Sun God finds a mention where people thank him for providing with the heat on earth. Also, in other songs Agni – the Lohri Goddess Agni is revered.
It is believed that by performing the circumambulation of the Lohri fire with utmost faith and optimism, one can expect miracles to happen. The festival ushers in a new dawn for a great harvest season as it bids goodbye to the cold and bone-chilling winters.
Also, many look forward to celebrating the festival of Lohri in order to wish for the well-being of loved ones, to pray for children’s marriage, the childless seek an offspring while praying to the Lohri goddess (Agni).
Various kinds of food items are offered to the Lohri fire to seek blessings, prosperity and happiness from the almighty. The Lohri Prasad consists of five food items which include the Til (Sesame), the Gajak (a sweet preparation), Gud (Jaggery), Moongphali (Peanuts) and Phuliya (Popcorn).
These are offered to the fire Goddess (Agni) to seek her blessings for the wellbeing for the family.
Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Lohri!