Lohri is a popular Punjabi festival celebrated in the month of January. It is mainly celebrated by the people of the state of Punjab. It is also celebrated by the Hindus and Sikhs of different states of North India. This festival signifies the end of long winter nights and the beginning of beautiful summer days. It is observed the night before Makar Sankranti ( also knows as Khichdi in some places) and mostly falls on January 13th every year. The festival of Lohri is an official holiday in the state of Punjab, where the people of all religions, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh
Lohri is an ancient Hindu festival, celebrated in mid-winter, in Northern India, near the Himalayas where the winter wind is colder than the rest of the country. People celebrating the festival light bonfires, socialize around the fire, dance and sing together, welcoming the summer days. Another reason to celebrate Lohri is that it marks the end of sowing season of rabi crop, that is now to be harvested. Therefore, the festival signifies both the winter crop season celebration and welcoming of summer days. The festival is celebrated in the evening, and later into the night, after the sun sets. During the day, people sing folk songs, children go to their neighbors and relatives and sing the song, and are given sweets or money. It is believed that turning back children empty-handed is inauspicious. The collection of children is knows as Lohri and consists of varieties of sweets. In the houses where a recent marriage has happened, or a new born baby has been born, the celebration is much larger with high excitement among all.
This festival signify realization, transformation, and purification of one’s soul instilling the goodness, morality, and lessons of the Lord. The festival of Lohri by other names and on different dates are celebrated in many parts of the world. All of it involves burning or wood and praying for a happy and new year ahead.