Lohri, the harvest festival celebrated on January 13 per annum , marks the top of winter and therefore the time to reap rabi crops. because the festival is round the corner, enthusiastic people across the country are gearing up to lit the bonfire, whirl it singing Punjabi folk songs, and popping sesame seeds, popcorn, jaggery, and rewaris. But, before you would like a cheerful Lohri to your close ones, here are the importance and interesting facts about the joyous festival.
The occasion holds great significance among farmers, as they thank the almighty for a bountiful harvest of crops and forth on the occasion.
“Lohri is additionally referred to as Maghi, because it is widely known within the month of ‘Maagh’ and historically, during the 19th century, revenue for winter crops was collected on today or Sankrant,” told Gurnek Singh, a member of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee.
Traditionally, Lohri is additionally called as ‘Lohi’ in Punjabi. In houses that have recently had a wedding or childbirth, the celebrations of the festival are observed at a grand scale, otherwise, people usually have private Lohri celebrations, in their houses.
The major a part of the festival is its folk songs. While whirling round the bonfire ladies performer ‘gidda’ and sing ‘Sundar Mundariye’ song which has words to precise gratitude to ‘Dulla Bhatti.’ the story behind the most song is understood by a really few.
“The theme of the many folk songs of this festival is Dulla Bhatti, a person who lived in Punjab during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar”, 75-year-old Sheila Taneja from Amritsar told ANI.
Continuing the story , she said “Bhatti was considered a hero in Punjab for rescuing girls from being forcibly taken to be sold within the marketplace of the center East. Amongst those, he saved two girls named Sundri and Mundri, who gradually became a topic of Punjab’ folklore.”
“During the celebrations, children go around homes singing the normal folk songs of Lohri with Dulla Bhatti’s name included. One person sings, while others end each line with a loud “Ho!”, she added.
It is then followed by offering prayers to the mother earth, the sun deity, the fire, and therefore the fields for prosperity, health, and good harvest, consistent with Gurnek Singh.