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  • arun rana
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    Message 1 of 1 , 13 Jan 4:56 am
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      About Lohri

      Lohri Festival marks the end of winter on the last day of Paush, and beginning of Magha (January 13 every year), when the sun changes its course. It is associated with the worship of the sun and fire. The Lohri of north India coincides with Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Magha Bihu in Assam, Tai Pongal in Kerala, all celebrated on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti.

      The origin of Lohri is related to the central character of most Lohri songs is Dulla Bhatti, a Muslim highway robber who lived in Punjab during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Besides robbing the rich, he rescued Hindu girls being forcibly taken to be sold in slave market. He arranged their marriages to Hindu boys with Hindu rituals and provided them with dowries. Understandably, though a bandit, he became a hero of all Punjabis. So every other Lohri song has words to express gratitude to Dulla Bhatti. Some believe that Lohri has derived its name from Loi wife of Sant Kabir, for in rural Punjab Lohri is pronounced as Lohi. Others believe that Lohri comes from the word 'loh', a tawa used for baking chapattis. Another legend says that Holika and Lohri were sisters. While the former perished in the Holi fire, the latter survived. Eating of Til and Rorhi is considered to be essential on this day. Perhaps the words til and rorhi merged to become tilorhi, which eventually got shortened to Lohri. Ceremonies that go with the festival of Lohri usually comprises of making a small image of the Lohri goddess with uple, decorating it, kindling a fire beneath it and chanting its praises. The final ceremony is to light a large bonfire at sunset, toss sesame seeds, gur and rewaries in it, sit round it, sing, dance till the fire dies out.

      After the parikrama, people meet friends and relatives, exchange greetings and gifts, and distribute prasad. The prasad comprises five main items: til, gajak, jaggery, peanuts, and popcorn. Winter savories are served around the bonfire with the traditional dinner of makki-ki-roti and sarson-ka-saag

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      After the parikrama, people meet friends and relatives, exchange greetings and gifts, and distribute prasad. The prasad comprises five main items: til, gajak, jaggery, peanuts, and popcorn. Winter savories are served around the bonfire with the traditional dinner of makki-ki-roti and sarson-ka-saag

      The First Lohri

      The first Lohri celebrated by a new bride or a newborn represents a grand occasion and immediate family members are invited. Lohri is celebrated with traditional dancing and singing around the bonfire. Lohri pampers women and children. This is particularly a happy occasion for the couples who for the first time celebrated Lohri after their marriage and also first Lohri of a new born child either a girl or a boy in a family.

      On the first Lohri of the recently wedded bride or a new born, people give offerings of dry fruits, revri, peanuts, Ladoo and other foods to the fire, as well as sharing them with their family and friends gathered around the fire. They perform the ‘Bhangra/Gidda’ in groups around the fire. The dancing and singing continues well into the night. The dance has rhythmic movements of the feet, shoulders and body, with outstretched hands and a lot of clapping by women. Food eaten is vegetarian and traditionally.

       First Lohri of a bride

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      The first Lohri of a bride is considered very important. It is celebrated with increased fervor and on a larger scale. The family of the newly wedded wife and husband gather around the fire wearing their best , often new clothes, decorated with beautiful Punjabi embroidery in gold and silk threads. The newly married woman wear new chudiyan, apply mehndi on their hands. The husband also wear new clothes and colorful pagdi. The new bride of the family on her first Lohri, is presented with beautiful new clothes and jewelery by her parent in-laws.

      First Lohri of a New Born Baby

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      The first Lohri of a new born is a special occasion in which all friends and family join to celebrate. It is performed in the later part of the evening. The event is observed at the parental home of the child in the presence of close relatives, friends and well-wishers. All the guest and relatives bring gifts for the baby and the new mother. The child's maternal grandparents give gifts to the child's paternal relatives also.

      On the first Lohri of a new-born baby, the mother attired in heavy clothes and wearing a lot of jewelery with mehndi on her hands and feet sits with the baby in her lap. The family does the Lohri Ceremony. The mother-in-law and father-in-law of course give a large quantity of gifts in the form of clothes and cash and others. The maternal grandparents also send gifts of clothes, sweets, rayveri, peanuts and popcorns.


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