1. It is believed that the Lohri night is the coolest night of winters as it is also the longest night of the year and ironically it is also the shortest day of the year too!
2. Lohri is also celebrated as the harvest festivals. As traditionally January is the time period to harvest sugarcane crops
3. Why the festival is important in Punjabi because farmers consider the day after Lohri as the financial New Year, which also holds immense importance to the Sikh community.
4. Folk songs are sung on Lohri to thank the Sun God Apart from dancing and Gidda. A festival essentially dedicated to the fire and the sun God, Lohri is associated with the concept of life and health in the Hindu religion.
5. In rural Punjab Lohri is also pronounced as Lohi. who was the wife of Sant Kabir.
6. According to another legend Holika and Lohri were sisters. Holika perished in the Holi fire, the latter survived. But one more legends says that since eating of til (sesame seeds) and rorhi (jaggery) is part of the festival, then perhaps the words til and rorhi merged to become tilorhi, which eventually got shortened over the years to Lohri. The word Lohri is also believed to have an origin from the word regional word ‘loh’ which means warmth and light of fire.
7. In North India, the first Lohri a bride celebrates with her husband’s family is considered very special. The newlywed couple is the center of attraction and is gifted with clothes and jewelry. The first Lohri after the wedding for a woman is considered to be very auspicious.
8. Kite flying on Lohri is also very popular.
9. There are also many popular traditional songs associated with the festival. The most popular is ‘Dulha Bhatti’ song. Dulla Bhatti was the Robin Hood of Punjab province, who robbed the rich and helped the poor and Lohri is often known to be celebrated in the honor of his good deeds by singing the song of his bravery.
10. Gajak, Sarson ka Saag and Makke Di Roti are some of the preparations made specially for the festival. Peanuts, radish, sesame seeds and jaggery are also consumed, as they’re part of the harvest.
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