Lohri 2022: Significance, Rituals, Date, And Time

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Lohri 2022: Significance, Rituals, Date, And Time

Lohri is an annual festival celebrated with gusto and excitement, especially in the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. Read here to know what this festival is all about. Check out all the information about the festival here! 

The time of the year has come upon us where people are busy with the Lohri preparations. Lohri is a festival that needs no introduction! The unique bonfire festival, known as Lohri, is a much loved and well-known festival, especially in the Northern parts of India. During this time of the year, people get busy celebrating Lohri with zeal. 

Let’s get to know more about this festival. 

 

Lohri 2022 Date And Time

The well-loved and remarkable bonfire festival, Lohri, is meant to be celebrated on the winter solstice. Given below is the Lohri 2022 date and time

  • Lohri- 13th January 2022 (Thursday)
  • Lohri Sankranti Time - 02:43 PM, 14th January 2022

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Lohri Significance: A Look into It 

As mentioned previously, Lohri is an annual Indian festival. It holds great relevance and significance for people, especially people belonging to the Sikh faith and community. Even though Lohri is a famous Sikh festival, the day of the festival is decided based on the Hindu calendar. As per the Hindu calendar, the auspicious occasion of Lohri is celebrated in the month of Paush or Magha in the Indian subcontinent. It is closely associated with the auspicious Hindu festival Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi, as Lohri is celebrated one day prior to Makar Sankranti. In Punjab, the festival is known as the form of Maghi Sangrand. It is also celebrated around the same time as Bhogali Bihu. According to the Gregorian calendar, this particular festival is celebrated in the month of January. 

The people celebrate Lohri for the passing of the winter solstice. Being mid-January, the festival of Lohri commemorates the occurrence of the winter solstice and marks the end of the winter. At this point, it is believed that the Earth, which is farthest from the Sun, starts to move towards the Sun. This ends the Pausha month, the coldest month of the year. With Lohri, people welcome the warmer and longer days and the heat of the Sun. As the daylight increases, people believe that it ushers in a pleasant morning of hope and brightness. From this time onwards, the Magha month begins, along with which the pious period of Uttarayan starts.

Lohri is a famous agricultural festival. Lohri is primarily a harvest festival that the Sikhs passionately celebrate. This harvest festival is, particularly for the Rabi crops. Wheat is the main Rabi or winter crop, and it is the primary crop grown in Punjab. Wheat is usually sown in October each year and harvested in March or April. By January, the fields come up with the promise of the fresh crop and begin growing, giving the farmers the hopes of a golden harvest. This bonfire festival marks the resting period for the farmers in the state of Punjab before the cutting and gathering of the crops. This resting period and the celebration of Lohri becomes a happy period for the population of Punjab. 

Lohri can be termed as a thanksgiving festival. This is because the farmers show their gratitude to the divine almighty for the rich harvest and abundance. Furthermore, in accordance with the Bikrami Calendar, Lohri is also celebrated to welcome the new financial year of the farmers. As rents are collected on this day, and the new agricultural tenancies start on the occasion of Lohri, this occasion is observed as a new financial year. Astrologically, this is when the Sun transits Capricorn or Makar and moves towards the North. This is known as the Sun becoming Uttarayan.

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Lohri Rituals That You Should Know 

According to one legend, Lohri comes from the term, 'loh,' which means light and warmness of fire. Lohri is known as 'Lohi' in rural Punjab. This well-loved festival is celebrated out of people's homes in courtyards and fields around a bonfire. The celebration starts on the morning of the day of Lohri.

Let’s get to know what people do on this occasion.  

  • The excitement in children regarding this festival is unparalleled. The children start gathering firewood and logs that will burn well for the bonfire.
  •  During the morning, children go from one door to another, singing folk songs in praise of the Robin Hood of Punjab, Dulla Bhatti. The children are given savories, sweets, and occasionally money as they knock on people's doors. Turning children back empty-handed is deemed inauspicious. The collection gathered by children consists of peanuts, puffed rice, popcorn, Gajak, Til, etc., which are distributed among all the people gathered at night.
  • With the setting Sun, the huge bonfires are lit outside, and people gather around the rising flames in their finest clothes. People do Parikrama or circle around the bonfire and throw popcorn, peanuts, etc., in the fire. People consider the flames to be an embodiment of the Sun God or Agni. This is why people make contributions and pray to him to bring them success and bless their land with prosperity and abundance. This is believed to stimulate prosperity, happiness, and growth. The bonfires are used to ward off the bitter chill of the January cold.
  • Once the Parikrama is done, people exchange pleasantries, greetings, sweets, and gifts with their friends, family, relatives, and neighbors. The Prasad consists of popcorn, peanuts, Gajak, Til, and jaggery, and it is distributed among everyone gathered for the celebration. Everyone enjoys the night by indulging in traditional folk music, singing songs, and dancing.
  • If a family has recently witnessed childbirth or marriage, the Lohri celebrations have a higher pitch of excitement and enthusiasm. The first Lohri of a newlywed couple, especially the bride and a newborn child, is considered significant and auspicious. Lohri is the occasion when the parents and the in-laws of the newly married woman give presents to her, consisting of new clothes and jewelry. Innumerable blessings are showered upon the newlywed couple. The mother of the newborn baby decks herself up and receives gifts and blessings from near and dear ones.
  • Flying kites on the day of Lohri are practiced in some parts of Punjab. 

Lohri brings the entire community together, and everyone comes together to celebrate the occasion and enjoy the scrumptious homemade delicacies. Gud (jaggery), peanuts, Til, Chikki, Gajak, Halwa, and Kheer, are some of the major delicious food items prepared and savored by people with their family members and friends. A traditional dinner of Makki-ki-roti and Sarson-ka-saag is eaten, along with sweets. The festival ensures everybody has a night of fun and frolic.

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How Is Lohri Celebrated in India? 

Lohri is one of the greatest Indian festivals, and it is synonymous with Punjab and Haryana. People have a lot of faith in this occasion, leading to people indulging in grand celebrations across the country. Traditionally, the festival of Lohri is a Punjabi folk festival. Therefore, the grandeur that can be seen around this festival in the state of Punjab, as well as Haryana, is unrivaled. Furthermore, the entire northern part of India participates in the festival with tremendous enthusiasm and zeal. 

Lohri is considered one of the most important festivals in Punjab and Haryana. It is also celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir and other states with pomp and splendor. The celebrations and gatherings make Lohri a community festival that is enjoyed and celebrated by many. On the festival of Lohri, Punjab observes a restricted holiday as the festival is celebrated with a lot of gusto there. Punjab is where this particular festival originated. Not only is the festival a massive deal in Punjab, but it also brings together communities all over India to come together and celebrate the festival in front of the spectacular bonfire. Nowadays, the celebrations of Lohri usually have taken a grand scale among different regions of the country, making Lohri an occasion that garners a lot of love.

The festival of Lohri truly encapsulates Punjab's true spirit and culture, as this festival involves traditional folk music and dances, such as Bhangra and Giddha, around the bonfire. The celebration of Lohri offers everyone the opportunity to take a break from their routine life and enjoy some fun time. In other regions of India, Lohri coincides with Pongal and Bihu.

All in all, Lohri is celebrated with great pomp and zeal. This bonfire festival is celebrated enthusiastically, and the winter air is filled with happiness and joy.

If you have any questions related to Lohri 2022 or have any astrology-related queries, then Astroyogi astrologers can help.

Astroyogi wishes everyone a happy Lohri! 

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