Lohri BonfireLohri marks the culmination of winter and is celebrated on the 13th day of January in the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti.
For Punjabi, more than just a festival, Lohri is also an example of a way of life. Lohri celebrates fertility and the spark of life. People gather around the bonfires, throw sweets, puffed rice, and popcorn into the flames, sing popular songs, and exchange greetings.

On this day children go from door to door to collect funds for community bonfires which are lit up in the evening. The gatherings and celebrations make Lohri a community festival.

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An extremely auspicious day, Lohri marks the sun's entry in to the Makar Rashi (northern hemisphere). The period, beginning from 14 January and 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 Bhagavad 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.

The focus of Lohri is on the bonfire. The traditional dinner with makki ki roti and sarson ka saag is quintessential. The prasad comprises of six main things: til, gazak, gur, moongphali, phuliya, and popcorn. There is puja, involving parikrama around the fire and distribution of prasad. This symbolizes a prayer to Agni, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity.

The first Lohri of a newlywed bride and a newborn child is considered very auspicious and important.

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