Lohri Wishes, Message, Quotes & Greetings

Lohri wishes, significance, and it’s celebration define the culture of Punjab. The Lohri festival is celebrated on the day before the festival of Makar Sakranti; Lohri is celebrated by both the Sikhs and Hindus. Lohri is also called the harvest festival of north India; it marks the end of the winter season as everyone welcomes the longer days by offering their prayers to the god of the sun (Surya).

The significance of the festival is both winter season crops and remembrance of the god of the sun. On this day, farmers show gratitude for their crops and pray to Lord Agni (Lord of fire). There are mentions of lord sun in the songs of Lohri asking for heat and thanking him in return.

There is a famous folk tale of Dulla Bhatti, a guy who lived in the monarchy of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Scholars of Sikhism say that he was the then hero of Punjab as he saved Hindu girls as they were forcibly taken to be sold in the slave market; among those girls were two Hindu girls Sundri and Mundri. Children go around homes singing the traditional folk song, and Lohri wishes and elders are expected to offer them something in return. One of the Lohri songs that express gratitude towards Dulla Bhatti are:

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Some legends believe that the word Lohri was derived from Saint Kabir’s wife’s name, whose name was Loi; some legends also believe that the name Lohri is derived from the word ‘loh,’ which means a big ‘Tawa,’ a Tawa is a concave-shaped frying pan.

Also Read: Lohri Festival: History & Significance

Lohri Celebrations

Lohri is all about the bonfire; it is believed that if one revolves around the bonfire or Agni, it brings prosperity in his life; also, food items like Gur (jaggery), Gajjak, and til (black sesame seeds) are fed to the fire as a part of their ritual. Fire is referred to as lord Agni (Lord of fire), and it is believed that feeding lord Agni will defenestrate all the negativity. In the present time, Lohri is all about the bonfire, dancing to the beats of Daler Mehndi’s pop music, chilling with siblings and cousins.

The most obvious thing that you would expect are Happy Lohri wishes, Lohri Quotes, Lohri images flooded on WhatsApp, Instagram, and various other social media platforms, Lohri wishes Lohri quotes makes one feel a bit cliche.

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Chajja Dance And Hiran Dance 

There is a unique and an additional tradition to Lohri in Jammu, which is the Chajja Dance and Hiran Dance. Chajja is the replica of peacocks made by children, which they carry around their locality from one household to the other, celebrating Lohri and shouting the Lohri wishes. Whereas Hiran dance is a unique and special dance performed by children, they also wear special garlands made of dry fruits.

Collection Of Lohri Items

In Punjab, a week or two before Lohri, a group of children drop by every household possible to collect firewoods for Lohri, and they also collect some food items like jaggery, groundnuts, and dry fruits. One of the children in the group gets his face smashed with ash and to act as discouraging to the person who refrains from giving the Lohri items.

Lohri is also a very important occasion for the newlywed couple, couple blessed with a newborn baby and obviously, farmers, the excitement level of the family blessed with a newborn baby is especially very high, Punjabis usually have a private celebration in their household itself.

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When we talk about Punjab’s festivals, we cannot miss out on authentic Punjabi music as that is one of the most important parts of any celebration that takes place in a Punjabi household, people enjoy themselves and dance to the groovy Punjabi beats. Bhangra and Gidda are two of and most famous Punjabi folk dance; one cannot miss out on bhangra and Gidda when attending a Punjabi festival; the most cliche thing about Lohri is obviously the Lohri wishes and bhangra an Gidda. People wear new and bright clothes which light up the atmosphere with positivity.

Makki di roti and Sarso da saag is the dish served in the main course, and the deserts include some of the most mouth-watering dishes like Pinni, Panjiri, good Ladoo, Tilli Ladoo, Makke di kheer, and more. This festival also provides the opportunity to interact with people and build a stronger relationship with one another.

The Sindhi community celebrates this festival as Lal Loi; children bring firewoods to form their elders instead of their neighborhood; unlike the Lohri that Punjabis celebrate, Lohri is gradually gaining popularity in the Sindhi community.

Where Celebrated?

The festival of Lohri is celebrated in Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, and also in some parts of Uttar Pradesh. The way of celebrating and conveying the Lohri wishes are the same.

Festivals similar to Lohri are celebrated in foreign countries; the festival of Hogmanay is celebrated in Scotland, and the Stonehaven festival in Scotland, which is also very similar to the festival of Lohri.

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