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Lohri

Lohri is celebrated on January 13th ( in the month of Pausha or Magha). Lohri marks the sun's entry in to the 'Makar Rashi' (northern hemisphere). The period, beginning from 14 January lasting till 14 July, is known as Uttarayan. It is also the last day of the month of Maargazhi, the ninth month of the lunar calendar.It is a very famous festival celebrated due to the conclusion of winter season. On this day the Sun God is worshipped for getting plenty of crops and prosperity, so a large fire is made in every house. In the evening the fire is lighted and all the members of family with deep devotion go round it and perform the popular folk dances Bhangra and Giddha and then put offerings like sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into it and bow before the fire with worship . They also sing folk songs which is known as Parikrama .A pooja will be held in connection with the Parikarma. Parikrama continues till the end of the celebration. Six essential equipments like til, gazak, moongphali, gur, phuliya and popcorn are the main prasads necessary for the performance of pooja. After the Puja, Prasad is distributed among the friends and relatives. People wear colourful dresses and exchange greetings on this day.

The first Lohri is celebrated for the coming of a new bride and a newborn baby in the family and sweets are distributed with joy. The new born child of a couple, especially the first child is also made to participate in the Puja, because it is also regarded as auspicious for the child. Children visit the nearby homes and sing songs and people require them by giving them money and eatables as offering for the festival. The celebration ends with a customary feast of sarson da saag and makki di roti and a dessert of rau di kheer (a dessert made of sugarcane juice and rice). Acoording to Bhagawad Gita it is really a blessed and lucky day as it is believed that Lord Krishna marked himself most obviously.


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