The gatherings and celebrations often made Lohri a community festival those days. But, now the festival has been commercialized with hospitality industry is getting into the fray with event managers thrown into it.
Moreover, in new clothes, we as children use to participate in 'agni puja' involving going around the fire called 'parikrama' and distribution of prasad. This symbolised celebrating the flame of life, for abundant crops in the fields and prosperity in the society. In Kurukshetra, the ninth month of the lunar calendar marked by Lohhri is considered most auspicious time of the year. It is believed that during this month Lord Krishna manifests himself most tangibly to bless good times and prosperous life.
The first Lohri of a newlywed bride and a new born child is considered very auspicious and important and celebrated with great zeal in most Panjabi families.
Here is my acrostic describing LOHRI: L: Lighting of bonfire to; O: Observe the harvest festival with; H: Hearty celebrations to; H: Honour life-giving sun and fire; R: Revere the fertility of land and women to; and I: Integrate love and life.
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