One Festival but Different Names Around – Lohri!
With the looming appearance of 2020, Lohri is around the bend too. If you have a place with Punjab, Himachal Pradesh or Jammu, you would thoroughly understand the celebration of Lohri. Regardless of whether you are not from these areas, you may, in any case, be comfortable with the festival if you are a fervent Bollywood fan. Recollect the well known Lohri tune from ‘Veer Zara’ featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan? Indeed, the melody where the heroes wish everybody a glad Lohri. That is a similar celebration we’re alluding to here!
The celebration is vital for individuals who are connected to agriculture. Since Punjab is transcendently an agrarian express, the festival has an essential influence in the life of the individuals there.
What is the Significance of the Festival?
Punjab is one of the major states in India that creates a massive amount of wheat consistently, and the yield is critical for its kin. Wheat seeds are planted in October and reaped among March and April. During January, the harvests start showing guarantee – in the long run paving the way to Lohri celebration festivities. While today the celebration is for the most part connected with crop collecting and bliss, in old occasions, the purpose behind the initiation of the festival was very extraordinary. It started sometime in the past when individuals petitioned the Sun with serenades and Lohri tunes to shield them from the severe virus. Progressively, individuals started singing psalms and petitions by circumnavigating a ring of fire. The celebration was a tribute to the Sun with the expectation that the world would get some warmth and warmth.
Various historians have various musings. As per them, the ring of fire likewise protected individuals from wild creatures. It similarly energized a feeling of network and solidarity. Customarily, the youthful individuals from the family gathered wood from the abutting wildernesses. What’s more, even today, little youngsters and young men are still depended with bringing wood implied for the fire.
A few young wedded couples additionally appeal to God for a youngster during Lohri festivities. Another fantasy about the beginnings of the Lohri celebration rotates around the narrative of Dulla Bhatti – a looter who supposedly spared Hindu young ladies from getting sold. The man additionally made game plans for the young ladies to get hitched. A few people accept that Punjab started this celebration to honor Dulla Bhatti consistently.
Let’s have a look at how it is celebrated in different parts of India:
Punjab – Lohri
Individuals in Punjab observe Lohri by lighting campfire, revering it, wearing new garments, conveying desserts, and eating rewri, gajjak, popcorn and bajre ki khichdi. This celebration denotes the collect of winter crops.
Rajasthan – Sankranti
In Rajasthan, it is praised by the name of producer Sankranti as it were. There is a gigantic festival with the creation of exceptional Rajasthani indulgences, moving and getting together with family.
There are two significant customs related to this celebration in Rajasthan:
The ladies offer 13 other wedded ladies blessings (can be garments, make-up or family thing).
The first makar Sankranti after marriage holds most extreme significance as the guardians welcome the lady at their home and host them.
Kite flying is additionally watched customarily on creator Sankranti.
Gujarat – Uttarayan
Gujarati individuals anticipate this celebration to fly kites as saw in Rajasthan. It is called Uttarayan in Gujarati, and it goes on for two days.
The word begins from the course that the sun takes as it begins to move along the northern sky.
It is commended on January 14 and 15 where 14 is Uttarayan and 15 is Vasi Uttarayan.
The significant urban areas and their skies are seen brimming with bright kites. What’s more, individuals appreciate chikkis, dry organic products, desserts made of sesame.
Uttar Pradesh – Kicheri
In Uttar Pradesh, this celebration is commended with extraordinary zeal and includes conventional washing and adoring God.
More than 2,000,000 individuals assemble at their separate sacrosanct spots for this heavenly washing, for example, Allahabad and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
Kumbh Mela, world’s biggest strict get-together is seen in Uttar Pradesh during this time. Likewise, individuals will, in general, perform enormous philanthropies on this event.
Maharashtra – Makar Sankranti
In Maharashtra, it is generally celebrated for three days.
In this progressing celebration, individuals trade multi-hued halwa, Puran Poli and until gul laddoo and welcome each other with great wishes.
Individuals would like to overlook every one of the threats against one another and excuse the past to meet up as a family.
Hitched ladies welcome companions/relatives and observe Haldi-Kunku.
Ladies make it a point to wear dark garments. As Sankranti falls in the winter season, wearing dark adds to the body warmth.
This is a necessary explanation for donning dark, which is generally banished on celebration days.
West Bengal – Posh Parbon
Makar Sankranti is named following an extraordinary month in fall in Bengali.
The desserts traded incorporate the crisply reaped paddy, the date palm syrup as Khejurer Gur and Patali.
All areas of society take an interest in three-day starts on the day preceding Sankranti and finishes on the following day.
The Goddess Lakshmi is generally loved upon the arrival of Sankranti. It is called Baharlakshmi puja too.
Assam – Magh Bihu/ Bhogali Bihu
It denotes the finish of the reaping season and is a cheerful celebration of yields collected.
It is praised with devouring, moving, and festivity of blazes.
Blazes are called mejis and once more, desserts made of sesame, peanuts are disseminated.
In any case, it isn’t just restricted to the ranchers’ homes.
The other name Bhogali Bihu meant the celebration of nourishment.
Tamil Nadu – Pongal
It is a four-day joyful festival in Tamil Nadu:
Day 1: Bhogi Pandigai
Individuals annihilate and consume old garments to relinquish the terrible past and development of a new future.
Day 2: Thai Pongal
It is the primary celebration where the convention of rice wins. The rice is bubbled and offered to God.
Day 3: Maattu Pongal
Cattles are beautified and adored as an indication of a debt of gratitude is for their job in agrarian procedures.
Day 4: Kaanum Pongal
Individuals wear new garments and visit family members, trade blessings.
The celebration is praised four days from the most important day of Tamil, this month Maargazhi to the third day of the Tamil month Thai.
One festival with different names is celebrated all around the country. Greet well and treat well as this day brings happiness from all the corners.