Lohri is a popular Punjabi festival celebrated primarily in the northern Indian state of Punjab and Haryana and other parts of India where the Punjabi community is residing, as well as by Punjabi communities around the world. It is celebrated on the 13th of January every year, marking the end of the winter solstice and the start of the lengthening of days.
The festival is observed by lighting a bonfire, singing folk songs, and exchanging sweets. The main focus of the festival is to celebrate the harvest of the rabi crops.
People gather around a bonfire, toss sesame seeds, gur (jaggery), and popcorns into the fire and make a wish, people also share the food and sweets among friends and family.
The festival is a symbol of joy and happiness, and people believe that it brings good luck and prosperity.
Happy Lohri Wishes
Here are a few examples of Happy Lohri wishes that you can send to friends and family:
- “Wishing you a very Happy Lohri filled with love, laughter, and lots of delicious food. May this festival bring you prosperity, good health, and joy.”
- “May the fire of Lohri burn all the moments of sadness and bring you warmth and love. Wishing you a Happy Lohri.”
- “On this Lohri, let’s make a bonfire, sing, and dance around it, and make wishes for a prosperous year ahead. Wishing you a very Happy Lohri.”
- “May this Lohri bring you joy, happiness, and success in all your endeavors. Wishing you a very Happy Lohri.”
- “As we gather around the bonfire, may it bring warmth and happiness to your life. Wishing you a very Happy Lohri.”
- “Let us celebrate the festival of Lohri with love, laughter, and great food. Wishing you a very Happy Lohri and a prosperous new year.”
- ” May Lohri fill your life with love, warmth, and happiness. Wishing you a very Happy Lohri.”
- ” Let’s make this Lohri a memorable one by dancing to the beats of dhol and singing Punjabi folk songs. Wishing you a very Happy Lohri.”
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Why We Celebrate Lohri?
Lohri is celebrated primarily to mark the end of the winter solstice and the start of the lengthening of days. It is celebrated on the 13th of January every year. It is also celebrated as the Punjabi new year.
Traditionally, Lohri is associated with the sowing of Rabi crops, particularly sugarcane. Farmers would celebrate the completion of the sowing of the crops and the onset of longer days with the festival. It is also a time to give thanks for a good harvest and to pray for a bountiful one in the future.
Additionally, Lohri is also believed to be a festival that celebrates the passing of the winter solstice and the arrival of longer days. The festival is also celebrated in memory of Dulla Bhatti, a Punjabi folklore hero who is said to have stood up against the oppression of the rich and helped the poor during the Mughal era.
Lohri is also seen as a festival of socializing, folk songs, and folk dances such as Bhangra, Giddha, and Jhumar, where families and friends gather together and enjoy a traditional Lohri feast with Makki ki roti and Sarson da saag.
In short, Lohri is a festival celebrated to mark the end of the winter season, to thank God for the good harvest, and to wish for a prosperous future.