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Lohri

January 12, 2009

It is a festival which is celebtrated on the 13th day of January it marks the culmination of winter. It s celebrated in the month of “Paus or Magh” a day before Makar Sankranti . its is  a celebration of  fertility and the spark of life.in Lohri celebration people gather  round the bonfires, throw , puffed rice, sweets and popcorn into that flames, they sing the Lohri song .  Lohri is the time after which the biting cold of the winters begins to taper off.

On Lohri in the morning children go from door to door to collect funds for community bonfires which are lit up in the evening. Lohri is more of a community festival as people gather around the bonfires and offer sweets, crisp rice and popcorn to the flames.
The focus of Lohri is on the bonfire. The prasad comprises of five main things: til, gazak, gur, moongphali, phuliya and popcorn. There is puja, involving parikrama around the fire and distribution of prasad. This symbolises a prayer to Agni, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity.

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Lohri marks the sun’s entry in to the ‘Makar Rashi’ means the sun inters in northern hemisphere. The period, beginning from 14 January lasting till 14 July, is known as Uttarayan. It is also the last day of the month of Maargazhi, the ninth month of the lunar calendar. The Bhagawat Gita deems it an extremely sacred and auspicious time, when Lord Krishna manifests himself most tangibly. And so, across India, people celebrate the month and the prodigious harvest it brings – Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and the Sankranti in Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

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