Lohri 2018: Date, Significance, Celebration And Traditional Feast Of The Harvest Festival
13th January 2018 (Saturday)
Lohri is a popular wintertime Punjabi folk festival, celebrated primarily by Sikhs and Hindus from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent.The significance and legends of the Lohri festival are many and these link the festival to the Punjab region. Many people believe the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice.Lohri marks the end of winter season and is a traditional welcome of longer days and sun’s journey to the northern hemisphere by Sikhs and Hindus in the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent. It is observed the night before Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi, and according to the solar part of the lunisolar Bikrami calendar and typically falls about the same date every year (January 13).
The First Lohri of Bride
Friends and relatives gather around the fire and perform Gidda and Bhangra to the beat of Dhol, the drums of Punjab.
- The celebration takes place in the in-law’s house with a grand feast for family and friends.
- The bride dresses in traditional attire with solah Singar, 16 things that a bride generally wears.
- The new bride and groom sit in a central place together as people approach them with wishes and gifts.
- The parents-in-law present the bride with new clothes and jewelry.
Significance: Lohri marks the end of the winter season.
Celebration: Lohri Festival is usually celebrated on 13th day of January every year.
- Lohri marks the end of winter season. People make every effort to take advantage of the last days of the winter season.
- It provides an opportunity to interact with friends and families