Lohri Celebration 13th January 2017 : Why Lohri is known as Harvest Festival?

Lohri celebration 2017 is on 13th January, Friday

Lohri Celebration

Lohri is a harvest festival celebrated by the people of Hindu and Sikh faith. The day of Lohri is celebrated on 13th January during the month of Magh or Paush, one day before Makar Sankranti. It is the most popular festival in Punjab and Haryana. In Sindhi community, Lohri  is observed as Lal Loi. Lohri is celebrated to mark the end of peak winter season and Punjabis consider Lohri Celebration as a symbol of love.

Why Lohri Celebration is known as Harvest Festival?

India, being an agrarian country, celebrates all the harvest festivals such as Pongal, Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Bihu during the harvest of rabi crops. Lohri is an important day for all the farmers.In the holy book of Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib, Lohri is considered to be the auspicious day of the year to start with all the good works and take blessings of the Almighty.

During Lohri celebration, bonfire is lit during the evening in an open field, where the harvest is cut down and kept. People move around the bonfire and pray for the good harvest during the next season. While moving in circle, people throw popcorn, rice puffs, peanuts, sesame sweets and other similar stuff into the fire. Then, people sit around the bonfire and enjoy singing folksongs and dancing. Men and women perform Bhangra and Gidda respectively. It is firmly believed that new born babies and newly married couples should take blessings on their first Lohri celebration by praying before the bonfire.

Wish all of you a very Happy Lohri Celebration!