The main festival of Punjabis, Lohri, marks the culmination of winter by the worship of fire. It is a harvest festival which is celebrated on 13 January.
It is believed that Lohri falls on the shortest day of the year and is celebrated by lighting fire in the evening to mark the start of longer days. The bonfire is the most important feature of the celebrations as it symbolises the end of winter season.
Everyone gathers to form a circle around the bonfire and throw puffed rice and popcorn into it. They can be seen chanting "Aadae aye dilather jaye", which means "May honour come and poverty vanish", simutaneously.
The celebrations also include folk songs, men doing Bhangra on drum beats and women performing Gidda. Also, kite flying is a popular activity in Punjab during the festival.
Lohri is also known as the harvest festival as it's during this time that sugarcane crops are harvested. Therefore, jaggery is the main sweet during this festival. Other items that are relished by people during this time are til (sesame) seeds, peanuts, and sweets like gazzak, rewri, etc.
On this auspicious day, many celebrities took to social media to wish everyone. From film fraternities to the President of India, all the big names greeted their followers with "Happy Lohri" messages.
T 1737 - HAPPY LOHRI to all .. love prosperity and happiness ... !!!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 13, 2015
Happy Lohri everyone. Toss a bit of the sesame seeds in to the bonfire on my behalf as well. — Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 13, 2015
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) January 13, 2015
Wish you all a very Happy Lohri. May this day bring luck, prosperity, peace and happiness in your lives. — SRIDEVI BONEY KAPOOR (@SrideviBKapoor) January 13, 2015
Happy Lohri to all fellow Punjabis !Wish away Winter as you snuggle by the bonfire today with revadi & moongphali https://t.co/vYHJAJs44C
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 13, 2015
Check out the above slideshow of people celebrating Lohri.