January 13 : Lohri 2020 is one of the much-awaited festivals in Punjab and is primarily celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus in the North part of the Indian subcontinent. This 2020, it will be celebrated on Jan 14, 2020, as per the Hindu calendar . It is celebrated a day before the festival of Makara Sankranti 2020 or Maghi. It marks the end of the winter season and also the commencement of the summer season. Traditionally, it was observed to commemorate the passing of the winter solstice. It is a restricted holiday in many places like Punjab, Delhi and is celebrated with a lot of pomp. Below you can see the traditional rituals that are observed for years in the small towns and villages of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and other northern parts of India.
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Traditional Attires worn for Lohri festival
College students dressed up in traditional attires celebrate Lohri)
Women wear newly stitched kurta pajama sets; drape themselves with golden or bright colored shawls that will be bordered with golden tassels. While some women and young girls wear kurta with loose or flared pants, some women wear long skirts.
Children dressed up in traditional attires
Young girls too wear similar colorful attires, funky jewelry and look their best on this day.
Girls dance along in groups
They engage in a lot of leisure activities like singing songs and dancing along with the tunes.
Dholaks, Drums, and Kite Flying during Lohri and Makar Sankranti festive time
Beat drums and dance for Lohri 2020
Young girls also beat drums (dholaks) and sway in full vigor. As seen, they also have the kite strings with them and that reveals the kite flying traditions that are beautifully practiced during this festival time.
Girls prepare to fly kites
Kite Flying on Lohri
Lohri involves kite flying
Young girls have fun during the whole festive time flying kites and this is mostly celebrated on the eve of Lohri.
Huge bonfires are made in each locality and women sing folk songs, dance around the Lohri bonfires.
Communal bonfires for Lohri and Makara Sankranti
Large wood pieces are stacked together, and women move in circles around the fire. The fires are meant to drive away evil omens from our lives and bring in good luck, prosperity and new hopes into the New Year.
Lohri snacks given to children
It is customary that young girls and small children go to various homes and collect their Lohri food items like peanuts and jaggery during the Lohri festive celebrations. If this ritual is avoided, then this is believed to bring in bad luck to the family that refuses to give goodies to the children.
Lohri snacks thrown into fire
Women, children, and young girls throw in Lohri goodies like peanuts, sesame seeds, jaggery and many other small agricultural produce of the harvest season into the fire.
Mustard crops ready top be harvested for Lohri
Girls and young children have fun running around through the mustard farms that are ready to be harvested during this season.
This is a picture taken in Jammu where even men join the fun of burning the Lohri fire.
Lohri festival in Punjab and Amritsar
In villages, huge fires are made for the entire community.
Lohri festival in jammu
Lohri festival with drum beats
Lohri festival with drum beats in Punjab
The Lohri festival is a grand affair in Punjab and Haryana. The pictures show how they deck in typical Punjabi attires, dance to folk songs, enact old plays and also beat drums.