LOHRI – Festival of Boon and Blessings

January 15, 2016

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Lo aa gayi Lohri ve,
hove hanera door ve.

(Tr: Here comes the festival of Lohri, May the darkness go away)

I personally love this festival not only because I am a Punjabi but it brings everyone together to sit around Holy bonfire and bless each other.

Being children, as the festival approaches near, our excitement started to increase and we were all set to gather the wooden sticks and logs. On the day, we impatiently waited till the evening and once the Sun sets, we used to call everyone in the family to start the celebration.


Traditionally, the festival is linked with Agriculture and Farmers but for us, who are away from growing and harvesting, its equally important because they are the ones we rely on.

After all! Insan kamata kisliye hai (What we earn for) is….FOOD

City version– We pray for our jobs and business and wish for prosperity for the year to come.



I could recall the festival day when Once my Father told us about the tradition of gathering Lohri from elder ones- We were so thrilled and gathered other children to form the groups.

Next was- We went from door to door singing and demanding the Lohri. They giggled at us and offered us sweets and Shagun(money as a blessing).

I still remember that and smile at our childish act.



We loved to take parikramas (rounds of the pious fire) and offer peanuts and sweets to the sacred fire. It was so cozy to sit in front of it for hours. Non-stop munching was the best part.
Icing on the cake was- DHOL- dancing on the beats of Dhol was a secret to beat the chill.

The very next day after Lohri i.e. Makar Sakranti, Mother used to wake us up early in the morning to take bath and gather again for a small ritual of lighting a small fire and offering it with Til (Sesame seeds) and Mooli (Radish) with this chanting 3 times:

“Til Mooli sade
Saade paap jhade”


I would love to read about your memories with the festival and the way you celebrate it.

Also read: Holi Tales


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  • Reply Fayaz Pasha January 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Good post Upasna. I just recalled the movie where Amitabh and Hema celebrated Lohri. These traditional festivals are truly very memorable.

    • Reply upasna January 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks Fayaz
      Village festivities are more lively but yes, we get ready – exhibit our new clothes and dance till we drop. 🙂

  • Reply Maniparna Sengupta Majumder January 16, 2016 at 1:58 am

    You’ve presented a nice picture of the festival, short yet precise. I love the way Punjabi festivals are always associated with music. We Bengalis celebrate the day as “Nabanna” (the day of the newly harvested rice). Though, as you’ve said, these days, the traditional rituals are not performed anywhere in the cities, but, yes, the food is there 😀 Different types of typical Bengali delectable sweets are made, (peethe)

    • Reply upasna January 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Maniparna
      I am very much fond of Bengali sweet- Sondesh which was introduced by one of my Bengali friends.

  • Reply Archana Kapoor January 15, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    we freaked out during our Lohri celeb here in the US… 🙂 you should check out the pictures on fb 🙂

    • Reply upasna January 16, 2016 at 12:54 am

      Ohhh its really a detailed version of Sakranti. Many facts are new to me.

      And yes it refreshed my kite flying memories which we enjoyed whenever we used to visit our Mother’s maternal place.

      Skies filled with colors , kites drifting along with the wind and neighbouring shouts.Loved them all.

      Thanks again.

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