Lohri Festival


Lohri is a popular harvest festival of Punjab. It is similar to the Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. On Lohri Punjabis thank God for the good harvest and celebrate it with fun, food, bonfire and joyful singing Giddas and Bhangra dancing. On this day, typical dinner includes sarso ka saag (musturd green), makki ke roti (corn parantha) and kheer (rice pudding).

Lohri also marks the culmination of winter in Punjab and is celebrated on the 13th day of January. On this day people gather round bonfires, offer sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into the bonfire, sing popular songs and exchange greetings. Kids go door to door, sing Lohri songs and collect Lohri food or money for fun, very similar to Halloween when kids ask for candy.

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