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Monday, 13 January 2014

Lohri festival

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A Lohri bonfire


Today is the festival of Lohri. This festival is celebrated through out North India. This is a festival of good will, gaiety and glamour. There are several myths associated with the festival. It  is mainly the harvest festival. It is believed that after the crops are harvested all the people assemble and celebrate by dancing and singing . A bonfire is lit and til(sesame) and moongphali(peanuts) are offered to God in thanks for the good harvest.Bhangra and Gidda dances are performed in gay abundance.
 There is a popular legend of Dulla Bhatti Wala. According to a folk lore  Dulla was a way side robber. He used to rob  the rich and gave all the wealth to poor people. He also helped poor girls to get married and gave them good dowry. He is likened to Robin Hood.Lohri is celebrated in thanks giving to Dulla. In the morning children go from house to house, collecting money to light the bonfire. they sing a song in praise of Dulla, which goes as " Sundar munderiye, ho, Tera kaun vichara,ho, Dulla Bhatti wala, ho.......Lohri de bhai lohri de, ho" The word 'ho' is recited in a chorus People give them money or eatables .In the evening the elders in the family give money to the youngsters, who recite ,Lohri do,bhai, lohri do'. Every body eats dry fruits, nuts and sweet in front of the holy fire. and  thank God .
This day is believed to be the shortest day of the year. They say that from this day on ward  cold winter starts withdrawing. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and show in families in which a marriage or child birth has taken place during the year. 
The next day after Lohri is Makar Sankrati, the beginning of the new year, This day signifies the arrival of the new year. This day is celebrated  as Pongal, in Tamilnad, and Bihu in Assam.All these festivals convey the message of brotherhood and oneness.It is with a thankful  prayer  for  a spirit of well being and bountiful life for humanity.Happy Lohri to all.



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10 comments:

  1. Nice one Ushaji and this brought back a lot of memories of childhood:) Happy Lohri!!

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    1. Thank you Rahul. These days people are forgetting the sanctity of festivals.

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  2. Happy Lohri and Makara Sankranthi to you and your family Ushaji :) Here in the US away from family every festival means a small puja at home and visit to the temple...Celebration with friends and food over the weekend... When we stay away from family, every festival begins to mean much more than it used to back in India.

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    1. Thank you Reshma.I can very well decipher your feelings during festivals. Moreover your family in India too must be missing you.My grand daughter is in USA . We miss her on festivals.

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  3. We celebrate Lohri but was not aware of this old legend! Thanks for sharing :)
    Best wishes for Lohri and the new year too :)

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    1. Thank you Shilpa. Wish you also a happy new year.

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  4. This folklore is new to me. Never heard about it before, though i know my friends light bonfire and throw til and i have also seen them throw flaked rice. Thank you for sharing and hope you had a good time:)

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    1. I am glad that you liked this folk tale.

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  5. There's always a story behind our festivals, big or small..... every festival is a reliving of the stories of the past :) thanks for the tale, Usha Mam :)

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    1. Thanks Sreeja. You have rightly said that there is always a story behind all festivals.

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