Lohri is a major holiday celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus throughout India, particularly in the North Indian provinces. The celebration marks the beginning of the harvest season and the ripening of winter crops.
There has been some misunderstanding over the date of Lohri this year, which will be celebrated on either January 13 or 14. The celebration is held a day before Makara Sankranti. According to Drik Panchang, this year’s Lohri will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2024, and Makar Sankranti on January 15, 2024.
Lohri, also known as Lohadi or Lal Loi, is a time to pray to the God of Fire and seek blessings for one’s family and loved ones. The celebration marks the beginning of the harvest season and the ripening of winter crops. The event also commemorated the advent of milder winters, as after Lohri, the days became longer and the nights shorter.
Homes and apartment buildings have bonfires made of wood and cow dung burning outside of them. People pray and conduct Parikrama around the flames. They also provide gajak, til, gur, and peanuts as part of the puja rites. Many locations commemorate the event by performing giddha, a prominent Punjabi traditional dance style, while others do Bhangra and dance to dhol sound.
A day after Lohri, Makar Sankranti will be observed. According to Drik Panchang, the Sankranti tithi will be 2:45 a.m. on January 15. The Makar Sankranti Punya Kala will run 10 hours and 31 minutes, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:07 p.m., while the Makara Sankranti Maha Punya Kala will last 1 hour and 45 minutes, from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
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