Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi are other names for Lohri. Punjab, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi all celebrate it. This holiday is also celebrated in Pakistan, particularly in the cities of Faisalabad and Lahore. It is observed one day prior to Makar Sankranti.


Lohri falls in the Paush month according to the lunisolar Bikrami calendar's solar component or the Hindu solar calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, it will fall on January 13 this year.

Background and Importance:

Wheat, Punjab's principal winter crop, is planted in October and harvested in January across the Indian state's fields. People would gather around a bonfire to celebrate the passing of the winter solstice and the promise of the coming spring season as Lohri in January, but after weeks of harvesting the Rabi crop, people would gather around a bonfire to celebrate the passing of the winter solstice and the promise of the coming spring season.

According to legend, Lohri was celebrated at the end of the traditional month when the winter solstice happened. The origins of this event can be traced back to the regions surrounding the Himalayan Mountains, which have the harshest winters in comparison to the rest of the Indian subcontinent.

After working for weeks on the rabi farming season, people of all faiths in the area, particularly Hindus and Sikhs, light customary bonfires in their yards on this day. Around the bonfire, family and friends gather to celebrate Lohri with food, dance, and fun.

Importance Of Lohri

The significance of Lohri is that it is a winter crop season celebration that is mostly associated with Punjab. It heralds the start of the harvest season and the arrival of sunny days.

The story of Dulla Bhatti, a Punjabi hero, is the inspiration for many Lohri songs. Dulla Bhatti is said to have lived in Punjab during the era of Mughal Emperor Akbar, according to legend. He is regarded as a hero in the region because he once prevented Hindu girls from being kidnapped into a Middle Eastern slave market. Many Lohri songs have been written in his honor since then.

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Lohri Celebration

People celebrate Lohri by dancing around bonfires and eating new-harvest sheaves of roasted corn, til rice, makki di roti, crushed almonds, and jaggery. Children acquire Lohri items and play the trick-or-treat game as they walk around. People in Jammu do the Chajja and Hiran dances.

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