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Lohri is a popular folk festival celebrated mainly in North India. It is a time of song and dance and gifting and family togetherness.
The significance and legends about the Lohri festival are many.
It is believed by many that the festival commemorates 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.
It is observed the night before Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi, and according to the solar Bikrami calendar falls about the same date every year (January 13).
The bonfire ceremony differs and is celebrated diferently in different parts of the country.
In some parts, a small image of the folk Lohri goddess is made with gobar (cattle dung) decorating it, kindling a fire beneath it and chanting its praises. The Winter solstice manifesting as a god or goddess.
In other parts, the Lohri fire consists of hay and wood with no reference to the Lohri goddess. Song and dance are an intrinsic part of the celebrations
Another legend attributes the celebration of Lohri to the tale of ‘Dulla Bhatti’ who was a local hero of the Punjab region and during the reign of Akbar, worked as a saviour of the people. He famously saved a group of young girls from being sold into slavery.