The festival of Lohri is celebrated with great pomp by the people of Haryana and Punjab, particularly those of the Hindu and Sikh faiths. Lohri, also known as Lohadi and Lal Loi, precedes Makar Sankranti by one day. On this day, people light a fire outside their homes or in open spaces with cow dung cakes and offer sesame seeds, jaggery, gajak, rewdi, and peanuts while performing Parikrama around the lit bonfire. Additionally, they harvest the crops and offer the resulting bhog to the fire.
Is Lohri on January 13 or 14 in 2023? Date and Puja Timings:
This year, there is uncertainty regarding the precise date on which Lohri should be observed. Many are uncertain as to whether the holiday occurs on January 13 or 14. Drik Panchang indicates that Lohri will occur on Saturday, January 14, 2023. This indicates that Makar Sankranti will occur on January 15, 2023. In addition, the Lohri Sankranti tithi will occur at 8:57 p.m., while the Brahma Muhurta will last from 5:27 to 6:21 a.m.
Why is Lohri celebrated?
Lohri is a unique celebration associated with the planting and harvesting of crops. It is also a celebration of the arrival of warmer weather, as a day after Lohri, on Makar Sankranti, the nights become shorter and the days become longer. The bonfire lit during this festival’s celebrations symbolises the same concept.
On Lohri, people worship the new harvest, light a fire in front of their homes, express gratitude to the Sun God (Surya Devta) and Fire God (Agni Devta), and pray for a successful harvest in the coming year. To the Lohri bonfire, they also bring bhog made from the harvested crops, rewadi, groundnut, jaggery, gajak, and peanuts. In addition, during the Lohri celebrations, participants circle the fire (Parikrama) while singing traditional songs and dancing to the beat of the dhol.