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Brij Gupta

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What is the significance of the festival of Lohri?


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It is one of the main festivals of Punjab and is celebrated a day before Makar Sankranti, that is, on 13th January. The festival of Lohri is somewhat like the Hindu festival of Holi.
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Primarily, the festival is considered auspicious for kids and the newly-wed brides.
Significance of Lohri
Lohri was earlier called Tilori. The word Tilodi was formed with two words –Til and Rodi. While Til means Sesame seeds, Rodi means Gud or Jaggery. Later on, it became famous as Lohri.
Some interesting facts about Lohri:
• The festival of Lohri is celebrated in the time of evening, with the celebrations around bonfire.
• People sing and dance around the fire and offer maize, peanuts, jiggery, revdi, etc. to the fire.
• These things are also distributed as Prasad.
• Some people believe that the festival is celebrated in the memory of the wife of Saint Kabir.
• According to the puranas, Lohri is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice of Lord Shiva’s wife, Sati. Sati offered herself to the fire, and Lohri signifies that sacrifice.
• In Iran, this festival is celebrated as the New Year.


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