Jan 10, 2018

Why is Lohri celebrated in Punjab?

With weekend coming nearer and winter season at its peak , “Lohri” is on the cards on 13th January. Primarily Lohri is celebrated in Punjab region of Indian subcontinent.
Punjabi farmers harvest Rabi crops in January. The famous Punjabi Folklore Sunder Mundriye ho!… all going around the fire having rewri, popcorns, gajak , makki ki roti with sarso ka saag, sweet rice made with jiggery & sesame seeds and groundnuts in a chilling winter marking end of peak winter season. Lohri is seen to be the harvesting time for Sugarcane crop as well.
This folklore is a tale of a man called Dulla Bhatti who as living in Punjab during reins of Emperor Akbar. He use d to steal from the Rich and rescuing poor Punjabi girls being taken forcibly to be sold in slave markets. He then went to arrange their marriages to boys of the Village and provided them with dowries. Amongst these girls were Sundri and Mundri, who have come to be associated with Punjab’s folklore, Sunder Mundriye.
Enjoy the festival with family, exchange gifts and greetings with your loved ones.

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