January 13th, 2013 18:44 EST
Lohri Celebrated With Delight Across India
Amid the winter chill and mild fog, people across India celebrated the festival of Lohri with full zeal and enthusiasm. People especially in the northern Indian states of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and parts of Himachal Pradesh, celebrated the awaited bonfire festival (Lohri) with gaiety and fun. Lohri marks the end of winter and beginning of spring, so the celebration reflects warmth.
On this festival, at sun down a huge bonfire is lit outside the homes in late evening, devotees circles around the holy fire as per the Hindu religion, it is believed that whatever we donate something in fire, it directly reaches God. The lighting of the bonfire is followed by Punjabi bhangra and traditional folk songs.
Balwant Singh, a businessman in New Delhi planned an elaborated function at his residence for his newly married son, where he arranged for a grand feast and merry making with traditional bhangra dance. "This long-awaited festival is celebrated with zeal every year but this year, it becomes doubly special with the arrival of my daughter-in-law in the family, " he told The Student Operated Press.
For the people of Punjab, Lohri is symbolic of their love for celebrations and communion. "In the evening we make the environment musically beautiful. The fascinating songs and the most important is Bhangra and gidda performed by charming ladies, which can`t be forgot," Mrs. Bakshi, a Punjabi housewife told this correspondent from Punjab over the phone.
Festival of Youths
This festival also brings cheer and happiness for young men, women and the newly married couple. Shivam Arora, a student told The SOP that the occasion brings all his relatives together. "On this festival, we dress up beautifully and organise a competition of singing. A newly married couple in our family wished for their happy and peaceful married life," he said.
"Lohri brings in an opportunity for people in the community to take a break from their busy schedule and get together to share each other`s company which communicates the message of oneness and celebrates the spirit of brotherhood, while thanking the Almighty for a bountiful life on earth," explains Heena Dogra, a professor at Delhi University.