Lohri 2022: What is the significance and history behind celerating 'Lohri' every year?

written by Ritika Nath | January 03, 2022

To all, Lohri, which is celebrated throughout Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi, especially among Sikhs, is one of the most important festivals in North India.

The event is celebrated with tremendous zeal, kindness, and joy with mates, family, and relatives. Every year on the 13th or 14th of January, it is commemorated, and this year it will fall on today, January 13, 2022.

Image Source: Google

The Lohri celebration commemorates the beginning of the new harvest season, and its origins can be traced back to the Indus Valley culture.

During the evening, a large bonfire is lit in the open, and people assemble to circle the fire and toss sesame seeds, jaggery, and revari into it while dancing to the melodies of traditional songs including the famous "Dulla Bhatti" song. They embrace the summer season, which also signals the conclusion of the rabi crop harvesting season.

Image Source: Google

When it comes to the Dulla Bhatti referenced in the Lohri song, he was a mythical Punjabi warrior who began a rebellion against Mughal emperor Akbar and was rewarded for his bravery and daring.

ALSO READ: ਲੋਹੜੀ ‘ਚ ਕਿਉਂ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਦੁੱਲਾ ਭੱਟੀ ਦਾ ਜ਼ਿਕਰ, ਜਾਣੋ ਲੋਹੜੀ ਦਾ ਇਤਿਹਾਸਕ ਮਹੱਤਵ

People purchase various sweets and delicacies on this day, and it is considered that the Lohri festival would be incomplete without them. Gajak, Chikki, and Rewari are some of them.

Image Source: Google

Both Lohri and Makar Sakranti festivals are held in Delhi, one after the other. This year, Makar Sakranti will be observed on January 14th, while Uttarayana will commence on the same day. During this festival, people fly kites.

You may also like