The festival of Lohri is meant to be celebrated on the winter solstice. On the day after Lohri, daylight is meant to increase, people believe that it brings a pleasant morning of hope. It is a harvest festival that is passionately celebrated by Sikhs. It is basically the festival of Punjab and Haryana. The celebrations of Lohri start early in the morning and people wish each other with great enthusiasm.
When is Lohri in 2021?
13 January, 2021
Lohri songs play an important role in the celebration of the event as these songs represent the joy and excitement filled up inside a person. These songs are being enjoyed by each and every person celebrating Lohri. Singing and dancing form an important part of the celebration. These songs are like traditional folk songs which are sung to thank god for a rich harvest and good abundance. The Lohri songs are also sung to commemorate the Punjabi warrior Dulla Bhatti. People wear their brightest clothes and come to dance the bhangra and gidda on the beats of the dhol. The program of dancing over the beat of dhol is carried out around the bonfire.
Over time, people correlated Lohri to the tale of Dulla Bhatti. The central character of many Lohri songs is Dulla Bhatti, who lived in Punjab during the tenure of Mughal Emperor Akbar. In order to pay tribute, many people also mention the Robin Hood of Punjab – Dulla Bhatti. Not only he robbed the rich but also rescued poor Punjabi girls who were forcibly taken to be sold in the slave market. Amongst them, there were two girls Sundri & Mundri who deliberately became a theme of Punjab folklore. So, Lohri songs are sung to owe respect to him for the services he had rendered during his lifetime.