Welcoming Spring with the Festival of Lohri

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It is the diversity of our country that makes it so alluring and incredible. And Srinagar too exudes the same, the heaven on earth is not only famous for its reservoirs of natural beauty, but is distinctively famous for its blend of cultural heritage. The multicultural Srinagar is cosmopolitan ethnicity, which accommodates people from various religious and cultural background under the same sky. The city abodes and welcomes all. Every festival, irrespective of its culture is celebrated with equal enthusiasm and frolic here.

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One such festival that arouses excitement amongst all is Lohri. Like all other places in India the festival of Lohri is celebrated on the 13th of January in this Venice of East too. The popular Punjabi festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice and marks the beginning of spring, which is certainly considered to be the best time of the year. Traditionally associated with the harvest of rabi crops, Lohri is often seen to be a harvest festival.

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People dress for the day, visit relatives, and exchange gifts. Light a bonfire around the night and toss things like seas am seeds, sugar-candy, puffed rice, and etc. on the bonfire, sit around it, sing and dance till the fire dies out. What can be more wonderful than enjoying this warm festival in the lap of this winter state? During Lohri, the young boys of Kashmiri wander in the streets asking gifts and performing a special dance called Chajja. A chajja is prepared with colored paper, flowers. The boys dance on the streets in tune to the drumbeats and the lights up the whole atmosphere with their energy and liveliness. People of Kashmri make several preparations for the festival starting with Yagnas and havans, these havans are performed in every household in Kashmir during the festival of Lohri as to drive away the evil spirit.

In other words, it a thanksgiving festival to the Sun God, seeking blessings and protection for the future.  Lohri celebrations emphasizes that you mark a new beginning by welcoming the season of spring.

Let’s bid a warm goodbye to the sharp biting winters. RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar wishes everyone a warm and happy Lohri.

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