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Lohri 2022: Date, Time, Significance, Customs and Festive Food

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Every year, the festival of Lohri brings much-needed warmth and comfort to us as the winter solstice comes to an end. January 13 is marked as the day of Lohri, which is celebrated with high enthusiasm in the state of Punjab as well as in the neighboring states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The festival marks the end of the sowing season of winter crops and brings hope for a great harvest season, promising agricultural prosperity. This Punjabi and Hindu festival is celebrated with a bonfire and prayers are offered to Agni (fire) and the sun god for abundance of crops in the coming harvest season.

Why is Lohri celebrated?

Wheat crop is sown in Punjab just before the onset of winter. It then ripens during the festival of Lohri, paving the way for its harvest just after the winter season.

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When is Lohri celebrated: Date of Lohri

According to the Gregorian calendar, Lohri is celebrated on 13 January every year. It is the month of Paush according to the Indian calendar. Lohri coincides with another popular festival of Makar Sankranti, which also celebrates the beginning of the summer season.

How Lohri is celebrated:

People light a huge bonfire and gather around it to enjoy the heat of the fire. They also throw in special winter snacks of groundnuts, rewari, puffed rice etc as their offering to ‘agni’. Dancing around the bonfire and singing folk songs is a common way of enjoying the festival.

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Foods to Celebrate Lohri:

Traditionally, small bites made of til (sesame), called rewari, are eaten during this festival. Along with this, peanuts, gajak made of jaggery, murmura, popcorn are also chewed around the bonfire, as well as fed to the fire gods. Lohri dinner usually consists of the classic Punjabi meal of makki ki roti and sarson ka saag.

Hey are you all ready to celebrate the festival? it is us!

Happy Lohri 2022!

About Neha GroverThe love of reading sparked his writing instincts. Neha is guilty of being deep-set with anything caffeinated. When she is not pouring her nest of thoughts on the screen, you can see her reading as she sips coffee.

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