Happy Lohri in India 2021– Date, History, Significance, and Importance
Happy Lohri History:
Happy Lohri Celebrate Date in 2021: Wednesday, January 13, 2021. The festival of Lohri is an auspicious occasion for Hindus. Every year on January 13, the sun begins its Uttarayan (northward) journey and enters Makar Rashi (Tropic of Capricorn). The time period from January 14 to July 14 (period of Uttarayan) is considered propitious by Hindus.
Lord Krishna manifests himself during this time to his full magnificence, Why do we celebrate Happy Lohri? On the day of Lohri, the earth is farthest away from the sun, thus, it is the coldest day in northern India. Earth begins the journey towards the sun marking the end of the cold month of Paush, beginning Magh (or the arrival of Spring).
Significance and Importance of Lohri:
The festival of Lohri is of great significance for the people of Punjab. It marks the start of the harvest season and the end of the winter season in Punjab. Lohri festival is associated with the harvesting of Rabi crops.
The festival of Lohri signifies a fresh start. Lohri is traditional to welcome to longer days and shorter nights. They settle the division of production of land on this day between themselves and the tillers.
If there has been a happy event in the family, like the birth of a child or marriage in the last year, then the significance of Lohri magnifies for the family. Lohri is celebrated to thank the Sun God, and the sun is worshiped and prayers to provide good crops in the coming season.
At many places in Punjab, young teenage boys and girls form groups and search the neighborhood for 10 to 15 days before Lohri to collect bonfire materials like wood, sticks, and logs. The income from sales it distributed amongst the group.
Children’s dance near the bonfire, relatives meet and greet each other. All the neighbors celebrates together. As a whole, everyone celebrates and enjoys it.