Lohri festival is being celebrated with great fanfare across the country. Like every other time, Lohri festival is being celebrated on 13th January i.e. Saturday. Lohri is considered to signal the passing of winter and the coming of spring. Traditionally, Lohri festival is celebrated to say thanks to nature. On the first evening of Makar Sakranti, the crops are welcomed from house to house with folk songs, dancing in colorful costumes etc.
In North India, Lohri is celebrated as the first festival of the year. Its atmosphere is mostly seen in Punjab and Haryana as it is the main festival of Punjab. Lohri's noises are being seen everywhere. Lohri festival is celebrated on the last night of Poh month and the next day is Sangranada of Magha month, in whose houses boys and girls are born or newly married in the house, Lohri festival is specially celebrated in those houses. is celebrated on On the day of Lohri, sesame, jaggery, gachak, riodis and groundnuts are offered to Agni. On this day, married couples make a circle around the fire and wish for a happy married life.
Some people say that the word Lohri is derived from the word 'loh', which means light and dry, but some people believe that the word is a combination of the words til and riodi, first it was 'tilohari' but later Lohri' became famous.
The famous story of Dulle Bhatti
The history of Lohri is associated with a character named 'Dulla Bhatti' during the reign of Emperor Akbar, who robbed the rich and distributed all the wealth among the poor. Once he rescued a girl from the clutches of kidnappers and made her the daughter of his religion. According to another text, a poor Brahmin had two very beautiful daughters named Sundari and Mundri, who were betrothed. These girls came under the eyes of the ruler of that time and that ruler started keeping an evil eye on both the sisters. Dulle Bhatti promised to get the girls married. The girls' father-in-law was afraid of the authorities and asked them to marry at night. Dulle Bhatti collected jaggery, sugar, firewood, grain as a donation from the nearby village. People gathered at the wedding of Sundari and Mundri. Dulle Bhatti married girls with his own hands and put sugars in abundance. From that day, the custom of celebrating Lohri started in the same way. Dulla Bhatti became so popular that even today when children ask for Lohri at home, they sing this song.
On the day of Lohri, small children go from house to house singing a song, in which this incident is mentioned:-
Beautiful rings, ho!
Who cares about you, yes!
Dulla Bhatti Wala, Ho!
Daughter-in-law married, ho!
Ser Sugar Pie, Ho!
Salu Pata of the girl, ho!
Long live the girl's uncle, ho…
This festival is a symbol of people's mutual love. Khichdi is made in the evening on this day and eaten in the morning the next day, which is called 'Poh Riddhi Te Magh Khadhi'. Modernity is changing the ways of celebrating this festival. The rituals and customs of today's society, ways of living are not the same as before and the thinking is also constantly changing. Not only this, now Lohri is limited only to their own yards. Lohri festival is celebrated in many regions with different names like, Sindhi people call it 'Lal-Loi', 'Pongal' in Tamil Nadu and 'Bhogi' in Andhra Pradesh. is celebrated
These songs are spoken
1. 10-15 days before Lohri boys and girls form groups and go to houses to ask for Lohri and sing songs related to Lohri that:-
Deh Mai Pathi, your son will climb the elephant.
Deh Mai Lohri, your son will ride a mare.
2. When a householder is late in giving the lohri, these lines are sung indicating haste.
Roar under our feet, hurry us.
Stitched under our feet, what time did we come?
3. When a householder still does not give lohri, these groups leave for the next house singing this.
Hookah by hookah, this house is hungry.