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Lohri 2014 : Bonfire For The Longest Night!

Lohri is the festival celebrating longest night of the year.

Lohri 2014 will be celebrated on 13 January, Monday. Though it is a Punjabi festival, but celebrated with equal zeal and gusto around the globe. Indians putting up in the corners of globe celebrate this grand festival in their own way.

Lohri is basically one of the Indian Harvest Festivals. Along with Punjab, people of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Jammu also celebrate Lohri as winter Harvest Festival.

Lohri Belongs to Punjab - Why?

There are many epics and tales that link Lohri with Punjab. People who took more interest in knowing the origins of Lohri believe that this festival was originally celebrated on the day of winter solstice. It is because winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year.

After few years, the festive trend of Lohri expanded to the adjoining states of Punjab, like Sandy, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu.

Lets study the origin of this great festival in more detail.

Origin of Lohri

While celebrating Lohri in 2014, it is a good idea to know about its origin. As humans are mortal, we cannot bring out the evidence of all the events occurred in past. However, there are many tales associated with the origin of this beautiful festival Lohri. These tales form the part of folklore. Apart from all this mess, the main thing that stays constant is the belief that Lohri is a cultural celebration of winter solstice. One may conclude that Lohri is meant to be celebrated on the shortest day of the year.

The main part of this wonderful festival is bonfire. As fire lighting is common during winters, this day is celebrated as the last day of fire lighting by doing bonfire because longer days begin after winter solstice. Apart from this, for some people, concept of bonfire has some religious meanings too, that are quite close to the remnants of Pagan origins. However, most of the people believe that bonfire is nothing more than a tradition.

As the time has come far from the old days, people have made some changes to the date of celebrating Lohri. Lohri is now not celebrated on the day of winter solstice, but on the last day of the month in which winter solstice occurs. It happened because of the linking of Bikrami Calendar with Lohri, which resulted in twinning of Makar Sankranti with Lohri.

The day after Lohri is celebrated as Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti is considered as the beginning of longer days and as Lohri is the last night that is long these festivals are twinned in this way.

Science Contradicts Lohri Concept!

Scientifically, the shortest day falls around 21 to 22 December and days begin to become longer after that. Hence, winter solstice is meant to be in between 21 December to 22 December.

Lohri Celebration

As now you must have understood that Lohri is celebrated on the last day of winter, which is also coldest. People across the globe begin the preparation of Lohri few days in advance.

The celebration takes a special pitch if a family had a new marriage or child birth recently. Usually, Punjabi people arrange for a private party for the celebration of Lohri in which their near dear ones participate. You must have an idea of the celebration skills of Punjabis. Hence, this festival is also full of music and dance. Lohri Songs add bliss to the festival.

Dancing and singing is the intrinsic part of this glorious festival. As Punjabis are also famous for their glitzy appearance, they wear brightest clothes. With a festive look, they perform their cultural dance Bhangra and Gidda tuning up with the beats of Dhol. Now, lets come to their delicacies.

Apart from music and dance, Lohri is also about their traditional dish of Makke-Di-Roti, Sarson-Da-Saag. This dish is served as the main course food at Lohri night.

As Lohri is the harvest festival, it holds great importance for farmers. It is not like only farmers celebrate this festival, people living in urban areas also celebrate it in a beautiful way.

So, you also become the part of this wonderful festival and live it up to the best! With this brief article on Lohri, we wish you a Very Happy Lohri 2014!

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