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Lohri 2020: Why Lohri is Celebrated? What is the story of Dulla Bhatti

Lohri 2020: Lohri has a tradition of worshiping a new crop in Punjab. On this day, Lohri is lit at intersections. On this day men do Bhangra near the fire, while women do Gidda. On this day, sesame, jaggery, gajak, revdi and groundnut also have special significance.

Lohri 2020: The festival of Lohri is celebrated before Makar Sankranti. Lohri is the main festival of Punjabis, hence it is most popular in Punjab and Haryana. On the day of Lohri, sesame, jaggery, gajak, revdi and groundnut are offered in the fire. The festival of Lohri is being celebrated across the country on 13 January.

Why is the festival of Lohri celebrated?

Traditionally Lohri is a special festival associated with sowing and harvesting of the crop. There is a tradition of worshiping new crop in Punjab on this occasion. On this day, Lohri is lit at intersections. On this day men do Bhangra near the fire, while women do Gidda. On this day, all the relatives dance together and celebrate Lohri with great pomp and show. On this day, sesame, jaggery, gajak, revdi and groundnut also have special significance. Lohri is also called Tilodi in many places.

Hearing the story of Dulla Bhatti on Lohri

On the day of Lohri, a bonfire is lit and dances around it. With this, the story of Dulla Bhatti is heard by making a circle near the fire on this day. Hearing the story of Dulla Bhatti on Lohri has a special significance. It is believed that during Akbar’s time in Mughal era, a person named Dulla Bhatti lived in Punjab. At that time some rich businessmen used to sell goods to the city girls, then Dulla Bhatti saved those girls and got them married. Since then, there is a tradition of telling the story of Dulla Bhatti in memory of Lohri every year.

Original source : Aajtak

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