Lo aa gayi Lohri ve!
Most of us, propelled by the consumption of popular media associate the state of Punjab with bhangra and a lot of good food. But the festivals in Punjab involve more than dancing to the beats of the bhangra or slapping everyone on the back with happiness.
In fact, an important festival for the Sikhs is Lohri. Unlike most other Indian festivals which are dependent on a lot of astrological movements, Lohri by default is celebrated on 13th of January.
Traditionally, it is believed that Lohri is celebrated to mark the end of the winter solstice and the harvest of rabi crops. Most farmers also see this festival as the beginning of the financial New Year. There is also a folklore involving two girls Sundri and Mundri from whom stems the popular Lohri song “sunder mundriye ho!”
The celebration of Lohri witnesses the people gather around a bonfire and make offering of sweets, puffed rice and popcorn to the bonfire. The bonfire lit during Lohri holds different meaning in various regions of Punjab with few places considering the fire to be a goddess. People toss sesame (til) seeds, jaggery (gur) and rewaries into the fire to keep it lit for a longer time.
It’s about the food
Anyone in the mood for sesame (til) and jaggery (rohri)? These two are the most popular ingredients during the Lohri festival and a lot of food items contain these two. Sesame and jaggery are believed to have the power to cleanse the body and imbibe one with more energy for the New Year. Foods like gajak, tilkichikki etc. are consumed on this day.
In states like Assam, Lohri is known as Bhogali Bihu. While the ingredients remain the same, jaggery, sesame, there are also delicacies made of rice and coconut like different varieties of pitha.
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