Lohri 2021: Facts you need to know about the festival

As the New Year has dawned upon us, India is ready to have a line of festivals since the very beginning of the year. While 2020 was cursed by outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent pandemic, 2021 has come with air of celebration and excitement.

Thanks to the coronavirus vaccine, people are now gearing up to have a normal life where they can celebrate their hearts out. This year Lohri is on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

People around the country are preparing for the festival with zest and zeal. Lohri is a festival that can be celebrated in a group with friends, family and neighbous with the whole community vibe or it can be done on a small scale, with family. Considering the risk of spreading Coronavirus and its new strain, it is advisable to avoid community gatherings.

Here we share some facts about Lohri you might not have known.

#1 Festival of harvest

India is the land of festivals where we get to see celebrations and festivities throughout the year. Lohri is one such festival that marks the successful harvesting of crops. For the uninitiated, Lohri is celebrated after the winter season crop (Rabi) is harvested.

On the day of Lohri, those involved in harvesting gather around bonfire with traditional Indian desserts and celebrate the successful harvest.

#2 Lohri is a solistic festival

There are many religions across the globe have a winter solstice festival such as Christmas or Yuletide. For India, it is Lohri that is celebrated as a solistic festival to bid adieu to winter. While Christmas is celebrated in the last month of year, Lohri is celebrated in January owing to the seasonal differences.

#3 It marks the end of winter

Lohri is considered to be the last cold day of the year and right after Lohri, days become shorter and warmer. It is not to be confused with Holi, which marks the end of Spring and beginning of Summer or Basant Panchmi which marks the beginning of Spring.

#4 Lohri has the longest night of the year

Yes! That’s true! Since Lohri marks the end of winte season in India, this day has the longest night. After Lohri, days will become longer while nights will be shorter. We guess, that’s the reason why all the festivities begin after sunset.

#5 It marks new financial year

If we go by the historical significance, the revenue for winter crops used to be collected on Lohri itself. This custom is still relevant in Sikh community.

#6 Its name has a religious significance

When it comes to the name and origin of this festival, many studies suggest that Lohri has got its name after Goddess Lohri, the sister of Holika, who is celebrated on Holi.

The word Lohri is also said to have its origins in the regional word ‘loh’ refers to the warmth and light of fire.

Here’s wishing  a very Happy Lohri to our readers! Enjoy!