The harvest festival in Punjab is celebrated in form of Lohri. It is an auspicious occasion that is celebrated with great fervour in typical Punjab style. Punjab is the North Indian state that is famous for its Sikh population and bumper harvest every year. This festival is particularly celebrated by farmer fraternity because of their obvious connection with harvesting.
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Many people find it quite similar to Thanksgiving Day celebrated in USA and Canada. But then Lohri’s local flavour is what makes it very special. During the festival people say their thanks to the God and offer prayers. This is more like thanking God for being so kind and bringing prosperity for all. Hindus also celebrate this festival that goes beyond religious beliefs and confinements. Mainly the North Indian states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and parts of Himachal Pradesh celebrate this occasion.
Lohri is celebrated during the month of January because of emergence of winter crop in North India. The point to be noted here is, the festival is organized between the period of harvesting and sowing of this winter crop. Entire society rejoices on this day joined by friends, families, relatives. They sing and dance on folk songs. People indulge in Bhangra and have loads of fun. Because of being an auspicious occasion, this period is considered as very good for newlywed bride and for birth of babies.
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Usually, Lohri falls in the month of January before Makar Sankranti. It also signals, ending of winter season and arrival of summer. This year it was celebrated on 13th January. In India, lohri is celebrated in different parts in different ways and in different names like Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and the Sankranti in Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The hallmark of this occasion is traditional bonfire celebration.
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Lohri 2019 Date : Sunday, January 13