When is Lohri in 2018?
Lohri For New Delhi, India
The festival of Lohri is on its way to fill everyone?s life with joy and bliss. It is meant to be celebrated on winter solstice. The daylight is meant to increase post Lohri, and people believe that it brings a pleasant morning of hope. It is a harvest festival which is passionately celebrated by Sikhs and is majorly celebrated in Punjab and Haryana. The celebrations of Lohri start early in the morning and people wishes each other with great enthusiasm. The festival of Lohri is also linked with Bikrami calendar and is twinning with Makar Sankranti which is celebrated in the Punjab region as Maghi Sangrand. Lohri is celebrated to memorialize the passing of the winter solstice.This festival is celebrated to welcome the new financial year of farmers in accordance with Bikrami Calendar. New agricultural tenancies are about to start on Lohri and rents are collected on this day, that is why, it is celebrated as new financial year.
Legend behind Lohri
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, people address Dulla Bhatti as the Robin Hood of Punjab. Not only he robbed the rich, but also rescued poor Punjabi girls who were forcibly taken to be sold in slave market. Amongst them, there were two girls Sundri & Mundri who deliberately became theme of Punjab folklore. So, Lohri songs are sung to owe respect to him for the services he had rendered during his lifetime.