Why do we celebrate Lohri?
Lohri festival is affiliated with the harvest of winter crops. There is a popular tale of Dulha Bhatti who was a robber. Although he was a Muslim highway robber who used to rob people but was also a great human being who saved the Hindu girls that were abducted to sell in the slaves market. Then he began to arrange the marriage for those girls with Hindu boys with all rituals. Therefore, the festival of Lohri is celebrated.
It is an agricultural festival celebrated on a day before Makar Sakranti usually in the second week of January throughout Punjab. It is celebrated in some other states also.
On this day children go from door to door singing songs in praise of Dulha Bhatti who rob the rich and always helped the poor. Neighbors give money or sweets to the children. On the eve of Lohri festival the folk songs of Dulha Bhatti are sung to praise his heroic character. At night people gather round the bonfires, throw popcorn, puffed rice and sweets into the flames. They exchange greetings with each other and sing famous songs. Men perform Bhangra dance on this day. Lohri is the time after which people felt relief from cold. This is particularly a happy occasion for the newly weds and for the family who are blessed with a son.Category: India, January