Lohri- An Indian Festival

Lohri  is a popular winter folk festival celebrated primarily in the Indian Subcontinent. The significance and legends about the Lohri festival are many and these link the festival to the Punjab region. It is believed by many that the festival marks the passing of the winter solstice. Lohri marks the end of winter, and is a traditional welcome of longer days and the sun's journey to the northern hemisphere. However, it is traditionally associated with harvesting rabi crops. Lohri is a festival synonymous with bonfire lighting, traditional meal, song and dance, but it is celebrated to thank the sun deity and mother earth for a good harvest.

One folklore about Lohri is linked to the tale of Dulla Bhatti. Legends say that Dulla Bhatti lived in Punjab during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar and is regarded as a hero in Punjab for rescuing Hindu girls from being forcibly taken and trafficked as slaves in Middle Eastern markets. Among the girls saved were Sundri and Mundri, both of whom have become a theme of Punjab folklore and the theme of a popular folk song as well.

Lohri marks is celebrated across Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and other North Indian states. Lohri is also celebrated in Jammu since Mughal times. This harvest festival of Punjab is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year. On Lohri, families come together to light bonfires, exchange gifts and feast.

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