When it comes to celebrating Lohri in India, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the festivities than by joining a local family at their residence. Arrive at your host’s residence, be greeted with warm smiles and open arms and instantly become part of their extended family for the night.
The centrepiece of the celebration is, of course, the roaring bonfire. As the sun dips below the horizon, the flames leap high, casting a warm and inviting glow over the gathering. The significance of the bonfire is explained, emphasizing the celebration of the harvest festival not just in Delhi and Chandigarh but across India, each region with its unique customs.
Now, let’s talk about the food – oh, the food! A lavish spread of traditional Punjabi delicacies along with other delectable North Indian dishes and sweets await you. And no Lohri celebration is complete without the rhythmic beats of Dhol (double-sided barrel drum) walas. Their energetic tunes will set your feet tapping and pull you into the heart of the bhangra boliyan (couplets) and dance.
As the night unfolds, you’ll find yourself laughing, dancing, and making memories with your newfound friends. Lohri is not just a festival; it’s a time to celebrate the spirit of togetherness, abundance, and the promise of a brighter future.
So, if you find yourself in Delhi or Chandigarh during Lohri, don’t miss the chance to be a part of this heartwarming celebration with locals. It’s an experience that will leave you with a heart full of joy and a deeper appreciation for India’s vibrant cultural quilt.
Lohri is celebrated in North India every year on 13 January. It is the day before Makar Sankranti, which marks the transition of the sun indicating the end of the winter season and the beginning of longer days.