Lohri: Winter harvest festival
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Lohri: Winter harvest festival - Northern India
Lohri Harvest Festival, North India | January 14
In North India, Lohri is an important festival that is celebrated during the midst of winter. It brings together people from various communities and villages, who gather to celebrate the fertility of crops. If you ever visit North India during this period, you can find people sporting huge smiles and wearing traditional clothes.
During Lohri, you will find men, women and kids dancing around a bonfire to the sounds of foot-tapping music. This is one of the most popular attractions of the festival. In the midst these mesmerizing folk dances and rustic sounds, you get the opportunity to appreciate what Lohri is all about – the deep relationship that farmers have with their lands. Given that most families in India are agricultural by nature, or were so at one point of time in their past, this festival is celebrated by one and all with much gaiety and merry-making.
Lohri also enables you to understand the culture and customs of the local people. They throw puffed rice, popcorn and sweets into the bonfire hoping for a bountiful harvest in the coming year.
Lohri is celebrated on the last day of the month featuring the winter solstice, which officially marks the transition to longer days. The grand community event offers visitors a refreshing treat for their eyes. A Lohri Fair is also organized on the day of the festival, which offers an extensive selection of apparel and pottery as well as items of everyday use. You can also find traditional sweets at the fair, which are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.
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