Lohri is a time for people to express gratitude for a bountiful harvest and to pray for the well-being and prosperity of their families. The traditional bonfire is a central part of the celebrations, and people also sing and dance around it.
This year, Lohri celebrations in Punjab were particularly vibrant, with people participating in kite-flying competitions, folk songs, and cultural performances.
In Amritsar, the festivities extended to youth engaging in kite-flying activities, showcasing their prowess in the age-old tradition. Lohri holds a special place in the hearts of Punjabis, not only as a harvest festival but also as a day to bestow blessings upon children for long life and prosperity.
Lohri’s celebratory spirit transcended the boundaries of Amritsar, with kite-flying competitions being organised in other districts of the state. The lively competitions on the occassion of Lohri mirror the cultural vibrancy and communal harmony that define Punjab’s festive landscape.
The day commenced with thousands of devotees thronging the revered shrines of Sri Harmandir Sahib and Sri Durgiana Mandir in Amritsar, seeking blessings and participating in ceremonial bathing. Lohri, a harvest festival, is synonymous with expressing gratitude for a bountiful harvest, and people in Punjab marked the occasion with the traditional bonfire and prayers for the well-being and prosperity of their families.
The annual Patang (kite) competition held in Guru Nagri garnered attention as participants defied the biting cold to showcase their kite-flying skills. The event not only celebrated the spirit of Lohri but also brought together communities in a joyous display of unity.
Remembering the historical significance of Lohri, people in Punjab paid homage to Dulla Bhatti through folk songs and vibrant cultural performances. The lyrics of the traditional song “Sundar Mundariye Ho” echoed in the air, adding a musical touch to the celebrations.