Lohri

Why To Go

Lohri is celebrated every year on 13th January, especially in the state of Punjab. It is celebrated on the last day of Paush month and the beginning of Magha month. It is a festival to worship fire. The people of Punjab celebrate Lohri to mark the end of winter and is celebrated on the night before the Makar sankranti. The first Lohri is very important for the newlywed and the newborn babies as it symbolizes fertility.

In this festival, people gather around the bonfire and throw sesame seeds, puffed rice, popcorns, and groundnuts into the flames of the bonfire. Prayers are offered to the Fire God seeking prosperity.

Women are mostly dressed up in Patiala salwar suits along with heavy chunki gold jewellery. Men are seen in traditional dhotis and kurtas, along with pagdi (turban).

Travel Tips

Wear bright coloured clothes. It is a festival of Punjabis. But people of different community can join this festivity. If possible, learn and know more about this occasion from a resident or people. Enjoy the festival with grandeur. Punjabis are known for their celebration and dance style. Join them to get all the flavours of this occasion. Eat Punjabi dishes like Sarson da Saag, Makkiki Roti, and Lassi during this time.

Things To Do

The origin of the Lohri can be traced back to the tale of Dulla Bhatti. Small groups of boys ring the doorbell of houses and start chanting Lohri songs in return; the people used to give them popcorn, peanuts, sesame seeds, and gur as well as money. Harvested fields and front yards are lit up with flames of bonfires, around which people gather to meet friends and relatives and sing folk songs. Lohri celebrates fertility and the joy of life. People gather around bonfires, throw puffed rice and groundnuts into the flames, sing popular and folksongs, and exchange greetings. After bonfire, people meet their friends and relatives, exchange greetings and gifts, and distribute prasad. The prasad comprises five main items like seasame seeds, gajak, jaggery, peanuts, and popcorns with the traditional dinner of Makki-ki-roti and Sarson-ka-saag.

Getting Around

Using an auto-rickshaw is your best way to get around in Punjab. Otherwise, rent a private car to commute within the region.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

There are two international airports at Amritsar and Chandigarh, and six domestic airports at Bathinda, Pathankot, Patiala, Sahenwal airport. From the airports, get a hired car, a taxi and reach your destination.

TRAIN

Northern Indian Railway runs through the state connecting most of the major towns and cities. From the stations reach your destination via taxi, private cars or buses.

ROAD

All the cities and towns of Punjab are connected by four-lane national highways. There are also Amritsar BRTS bus services in the holy city of Amritsar, connecting significant towns.

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Surrounding Attractions

All the cities and towns of Punjab are connected by four-lane national highways. There are also Amritsar BRTS bus services in the holy city of Amritsar, connecting significant towns.
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