Amritsar: Women celebrate on the eve of Lohri in Amritsar on Jan 12, 2017.. Image Source: IANS

January 10 : One of the most religious and auspicious festivals of the Sikh community is the Lohri festival. This year, this winter harvest festival, Lohri 2020 will be celebrated on Jan 14, 2020. This is just a day before Makar Sankranti 2020. In South India, the same day (Jan 14) will be celebrated as Bhogi 2020 , which marks the first day of the grand four-day harvest festival - Pongal 2020 .

The festival is a time when people celebrate the end of the winter season with the onset of the harvest of the winter crops. Lohri also signifies the beginning of the summer months. As per the Hindi calendar, it marks the end of the winter solstice. It is widely celebrated in North India in states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and also Delhi. On this day, people worship the Sun God to provide them for a bountiful harvest in the coming year, and also a prosperous future ahead.

The Lohri Date, Puja Timings in 2020

Sunrise: January 15, 2020, 7:14 am

Sunset: January 15, 2020, 5:57 pm

Lohri Sankranti Moment will be observed at 2: 22 a.m. on Jan 15, 2020

Additional Information: The above panchang is generated for Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. To change the date and place, go to Panchang

Significance of Lohri 2020

This is a community themed festival wherein people from the neighborhood gather around huge bonfires. Here, they sing a lot of traditional folk songs, and also offer prayers of the Sun God- Surya- so that they get a good agricultural produce in the coming year. Lohri signifies fertility, and so is celebrated with a lot of prayers in home where there are newlyweds, and a newborn baby has joined a family

People also feast on savory snacks and sweets made of jaggery, sesame seeds, peanuts, mustard greens, and kheer. They are called as Lohri and also offered into the bonfires. After that, communal dances are enjoyed around the fire, until it all, dies down.

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