New Delhi: Lohri (Lohri 2022) is a special festival of the people of Sikh and Punjabi community. Every year this festival is celebrated on 13 January. On this festival, people of Sikh and Punjabi community light a fire and offer wheat earrings, ravdis made of sesame seeds and groundnuts. After this, the family and the surrounding people together do a circumambulation around the fire and celebrate this day by performing Giddha-Bhangra.
Lohri is also known as Tilodi in Punjab. This word is made up of sesame and stick. Rodi is a dish made of jaggery and roti. There is a tradition to eat sesame and jaggery and distribute it among themselves on the day of Lohri.
This day is also associated with vow. In the house where a new daughter-in-law has come or a child has been born in the house, then Lohri is celebrated by sharing happiness on behalf of that family. Relatives and relatives also congratulate him on this day with a special gift. A garland of cow dung cakes is made and offered to them in the burning fire at the time of Lohri in the joy of fulfillment of the vow. This is called spinning the wheel.
This festival is associated with the story of Dulla Bhatti and Mata Sati. It is believed that Mother Sati had committed self-immolation on this day in the yagya of Prajapati Daksha. Along with this, on this day the folk hero Dulla Bhatti, who saved the shame of Sikh girls from the terror of the Mughals. In his memory, the festival of Lohri is celebrated even today. People sing folk songs together and dholtas are played.
first published:Jan. 12, 2022, 10:32 a.m.