Say Goodbye to Winters with Lohri and Makar Sankranti !
With a chill in the air, everyone is waiting for Lohri, a prominent harvest festival which brings with it, the tale of Dulla Bhatti, bonfire, popcorns, peanuts, Beats of the Dhol, Bhangra and the Giddha.
Lohri is being celebrated on January 13, Friday . It is a common belief that festival of Lohri marks the end of winter and the onset of spring throughout the northern hemisphere.
Lohri has often been linked to the tale of Dulla Bhatti Waala, who was considered as a hero in Punjab. Besides robbing the rich, he rescued Sikh and Hindu girls being forcibly taken to be sold in slave market of the Middle East. He arranged their marriages to Sikh and Hindu boys with proper ceremonies and provided them with dowries. So every other Lohri song has words to express acknowledgement to Dulla Bhatti.
Makar Sankranti is being celebrated on January 14, Friday. The harvest festival is also known as Bihu, Pongal, Maghi, etc in different parts of India. Due to the vast geography and distinction of culture in India, this festival is celebrated for many reasons and in many ways depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and location.
Scientifically, Sankranti signals the end of winter and marks the onset of spring throughout the northern hemisphere. For the next six months, the days are longer and warmer!
In Gujarat and Rajasthan, this festival is represented as the kite festival.
In Tamil Nadu, the festival is celebrated as Pongal, where rice and fresh milk are allowed to boil out of a new pot, signifying glad news in the year ahead, while it is named Bihu in Assam and West Bengal.
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