By the beginning of the New Year, the famous and popular country; India is ready to start its itinerary which is full of all the exciting events and incredible festivals. As the Indian culture shows a wide range of different things, this country brings you closer to some of the festivals so that you can get to know about the traditions to be followed on these festivals and can in turn enjoy more! India begins its journey of festivals by The Lohri Festival. It is a vintage festival and is celebrated in the month of January every year. Don’t forget to become a part of this amazing festival when you are kn a trip from Australia to Chandigarh at the time of this festive season.
Lohri – the origin and Liturgy – There are few customs that are associated with this festive indicating the yielding of all the Rabi crops. Lohri is celebrated by almost all the people of north India, particularly Haryana and Punjab citizens consider the coming of this occasion as the end of the winter season. The collected fields and the front courtyard get brighten with various flames of bonfires. All the family members and other relatives gather around these bonfires in groups and express their excitement by singing and dancing to the melody of songs. The festive of Lohri holds a very special for the Punjabis, as they believe it an image of their enormous love. It brings happiness in the lives of the people. By gathering around the bonfires, you can see the people throwing puffed rice, popcorns and sweets into the flames of bonfires. And, while doing all this, they never stop dancing and singing.
In the morning of the Lohri day, several children knock the door of every home by singing the respectful songs in the memory of Dulha Batti. The smaller kids are given money in return by their neighbors. If you really want to enjoy this festive, don’t forget to participate in this feast.
Bonfire custom and tradition – No one can think to celebrate Lohri without lighting the bonfires. The time, you make a visit from Australia to Chandigarh; this custom will help you to experience a very different feeling. You will see how all the family members gather around this bonfire by singing respectful songs and doing so, they take blessings from the Agni and ask the god to bless them and their lands too! They used to show popcorns, sweets and puffed rice into the bonfires and keep singing their folk songs. Once all the Parikrama is done, they meet with their family friends and relatives. You can see everyone exchanging their gifts and greetings with each other and distributing the Prasad to everyone which usually comprises peanuts, til, popcorn, gajak and jiggery. After all these traditions and customs, dinner is served by the dinners prepared by the homemakers of the home around the bonfires.
The festive season really holds a very special place in everyone’s heart and is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year!