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Happy Lohri 2024: Why is Lohri Celebrated and the Meaning of Lohri?

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5 Dariya News

13 Jan 2024

Happy Lohri 2024 - A warm glow known as the Lohri bonfire bursts into several localities when the crisp winter air descends over North India, specially in Punjab region. Lohri is more than just a flickering fire; it's a vibrant celebration flowing with the warmth of community spirit, the promise of spring, and the joy of harvest. But why is there such contagious passion around Lohri celebrations? 

Let's explore the “why Lohri is celebrated" and the meaning of the “Lohri”.

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Why is Lohri Celebrated?

In Punjab, farmers' fields bloom around this time of year. The crop of rabi is harvested. In light of this, this event is observed with great fanfare to commemorate the bounty of the new harvest and to mark the beginning of sowing preparations. On this day, the harvest is also worshipped. Dancing with the Sun and Seeds: 

Fundamentally, Lohri commemorates the victory of light over darkness, signalling the conclusion of the winter solstice and the onset of progressively longer days. The blaze represents the return of the sun, chasing away the cold grip of winter and bringing in the soft embrace of spring. 

Because it falls around the time that Rabi crops like wheat, mustard, and sugarcane are sown, this symbolism has a strong emotional resonance for rural communities. Offering sugarcane, popcorn, and peanuts as gifts to the fire on Lohri day symbolises a rich harvest and a hope for future abundance.

What is the Meaning of Lohri?

As per the word, La signifies wood, Oh means Goha, or burning Indian crisp sweetmeat, and Di indicates Revdi in the word Lohri. Due to this reason, the festival is famous with the name known as Lohri all across North India. Following Lohri, the weather begins to change and the effects of the cold begin to decrease. 

Legend Intertwines with History in the Lohri Narrative 

Around the Lohri celebration, stories are told of Dulla Bhatti, a brave folk hero from Punjab who rescued young females from Mughal oppression. He is a living example of the resistance spirit and the bravery of the community, encouraging others to tackle difficulties with kindness and support. 

The festive occasion of Lohri serves as a means of perpetuating Dulla's memory and a reminder that fortitude and optimism can endure even the most severe winters.

A Tapestry of Traditions

The celebration of Lohri is as diverse and vibrant as the communities that embrace it. In Punjab, energetic Bhangra and Gidda dances weave around the fire, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of the dhol. Traditional stories are shared, laughter spills through the air, and families and friends bond over festive treats like Rewri, popcorn, and sarson ka saag. In some regions, Lohri also marks the start of a new financial year, symbolising fresh beginnings and aspirations for prosperity.

Beyond the Flames

The significance of Lohri goes beyond only commemorating the end of winter. It serves as a potent reminder of the value of thankfulness, community, and optimism. It teaches us to accept the darkness knowing that dawn will always follow, and to fight problems with the same warmth and resilience that crackles in the Lohri blaze. 

Thus, keep in mind that Lohri is more than just a festival—rather, it's a celebration of life itself, a promise of spring, and an enduring tribute to the human spirit—the next time you see flames dancing beneath the night sky.

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