Lohri 2022: Lohri, regarded as the festival of harvest of the Rabi crops, marks the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of the period with longer days and shorter nights, in Punjab.
To brief a little, the festival of Lohri is celebrated just a day before Makar Sankranti.
This festival has great significance in North India, especially in the state of Punjab and Haryana.
It is said that, Lohri holds special substance for those people who are newly married or who have had a new baby in their house. This year the Hindu festival of Lohri will be celebrated on 13 January 2022.
Popular beliefs claim that the festival is celebrated to mark the end of winters and is linked to the Rabi crop harvesting.
Lohri is celebrated by having a bonfire in the evening by collecting wood and cow dung cakes and circumambulating around it along with your family. At the time of parikrama, there is a tradition of putting things like peanuts, revdi, sesame seeds, maize grains etc. in the burning fire.
It is said that by doing this one gets rid of the evil eye of others, a pleasant atmosphere is created in the house and the health of the family members remains good.
The festival is all about love, laughter and gorging on tasty delicacies.
This festival holds significance for newly married couples or those who have a new baby in their house.
Lohri is celebrated by having a huge bonfire in the evening and family taking parikrama, offering maize grains, revdi, peanuts, corns, sesame seeds, etc into the burning fire.
As the day is around the corner, here we are with detailed information regarding shubh timing, history and significance of Lohri.
Lohri 2022: Date and Shubh Timing
Date: January 13, Thursday
Shubh Tithi Begins: 04:49 PM, January 12
Shubh Tithi Ends: 07:32 PM, January 13
Lohri 2022: History
The accounts of Lohri’s origins is not written anywhere, but it is believed that the festival celebrates the arrival of longer days after the winter solstice.
According to folklore, an ancient mid-winter festival celebrates the days getting longer as the sun proceeds on its northward journey. The day after Lohri is celebrated as Maghi Sangrand.
Lohri 2022: Significance
As per belief, offerings revdi, peanuts, maize grains, and sesame seeds into the holy bonfire during parikrama has special significance. By doing this, people get rid of the evil energies around them, overcome obstacles, and enhance the body with family members.
Popular folklore links Lohri to the tale of Dulla Bhatti, the legend who lived in Punjab during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. He was regarded as a hero in Punjab, for rescuing Hindu girls from being forcibly taken to be sold in the slave market of the Middle East
Lohri 2022: Rituals
It includes all of people wearing new clothes and greeting each-other with immense love and affection.
The sunset makes the youth prepare a bonfire and call every villager to gather around it.
People usually attend a community celebration with their family and relatives, besides the newly married, celebrating it by worshipping the Agni Dev and offering Jaggery, rewadi, puffed rice and sesame seeds.
People all over, sing folk songs and perform folk dances. Elders also narrate folk stories to the youth and young children of the community.