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LOHRI: creates something in the air that origins from somewhere within
In the freezing cold weather, with teetering temperatures,with foggy clouds,everything seems motionless.But underneath the motionless frozen world exists a world full of spectrum that seems existential because of festivals. One such is LOHRI,a festival celebrated every year on 13th January.
It marks the beginning of the harvest season of Rabi crops in the state and the end of winter. It is celebrated by making a huge bonfire that symbolises the Sun bringing in warmth.
Also Lohri’s origin can be traced back to the time when a legendary hero, Dulla Bhatti ,rescued innocent girls from the clutches of lecherous men. It is enshrined in folk poetry that is sung during the winter festival of Lohri. The chieftain is believed to have rescued two Brahmin girls, Sundri and Mundri, from Akbar, who wanted them in his harem. Dulla Bhatti became their godfather and is believed to have married them off on Lohri with much pomp and festivity, directly challenging the authority of the emperor.
On this day, children go door to door in the neighbourhood to accept money and food items as gifts. In the evening, people wear new clothes and they gather around huge bonfire which is lit in the harvested fields or in the front yard of their houses. They go around the bonfire thrice and present peanuts, rewari, puffed rice, butter, sesame seeds and popcorns as offerings to the God. They pray to God to bless the land with abundant crop and everyone with prosperity.
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Festivals give us the golden opportunity to take a break from our bustling lives, away from morning alarms and busy schedules and reunites us with the families and with our religious, cultural and spiritual beliefs