The festival of Lohri is celebrated every year on January 13th. Also known as Lal Loi, it is a Punjabi folk festival that marks the end of winter. It is a traditional welcome of longer days and the sun’s journey to the northern hemisphere by Hindus and Sikhs in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent.
Lohri is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, and Jammu. Lohri is an auspicious occasion and holds a special significance for the newlywed couple as it represents fertility.
During the day, children go from door to door singing songs and are given sweets and savories, and occasionally, money. When newlyweds and new babies are welcomed into a family, the demand for treats increases.
On Lohri, people light a bonfire and offer popcorn, rice, rewri, jaggery, etc, while taking parikrama. Milk and water are also poured around the bonfire by Hindus to thank the Sun God for seeking his continued protection. After the parikrama is done, they dance and sing songs around the bonfire enjoying relishing food such as Makki ki Roti and Sarso ka Saag with Til Laddo and Gud Gajak.
To elevate your celebration, here are everlasting Punjabi songs to make your Lohri more special.
- Sundar Mundriye
2. Lohri Da Chaa
3. Lo Aa Gayi Lodi Ve
4. Balle Balle
5. Massan Leya