Jedi of CC
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This festival denotes the harvesting of the Rabi crops and hence all the farmers get together in order to thank god for giving them such a wonderful harvest.
People do parikrama (rotate around the bonfire) thrice and toss puffed rice,
peanuts, and sweets into the fire, uttering "Aadar aye dilather jaye"
(May prosperity arrive and poverty fade away!).
After praying to the
fire god (Agni), people meet their relatives and friends to exchange
greetings and prasad (offerings made to the fire god).
Hindus pour milk
and water around the bonfire. This ritual is performed to honor the Sun
God for his warm protection.
Traditionally, the offering comprises of five main eateries: roasted sesame seeds, jaggery, gajak, popcorn, and peanuts. Then, men beat the dhol (traditional drum) announcing the starting of the festivities. People dressed in colourful ethnic attire perform Giddha and Bhangra (popular folk dances) circling the bonfire.
Lohri holds special importance when there is a special
occasion in the family like marriage or childbirth.
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