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Lohri – The festival of harvest and bonfires

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Happy Lohri!

The people of North India celebrate Lohri on 13 January every year. The festival is celebrated the most by the people of Punjab.

It marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of the harvest season. Harvesting season is when the crops are cut and then stored, sold or used.

The day is usually celebrated with bonfires, while people sing and dance or pray around it. People also wear new brightly coloured clothes and gather around the fire.

Sugarcane and nuts are important crops because they are harvested during this time of the year. Food made from nuts and jaggery or sugarcane are prepared and some of it is also thrown in the fire to pray for a good harvest.

Lohri fire

The food is offered in the bonfire

Sarson (mustard) ka saag (leaves) and makki ki roti (bread of corn) are made on Lohri. They are served with rau di kheer as dessert.

Sarson ka saag and makki ki roti

Sarson ka saag and makki ki roti

However, this year, COVID-19 and the ongoing farmers protest against the centre’s farm laws have somewhat muted celebrations.

The day after Lohri is celebrated as Makar Sankranti.


Credit: Tasneem


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