India is celebrating Lohri on 13 January this year. One of the main Punjabi festivals, Lohri marks the culmination of winter with the worship of fire. The highlight of this festival is the bonfire which symbolises the end of winter.
To celebrate Lohri, people, especially Punjabis, gather in a circle around the bonfire and throw puffed rice and popcorn in it. The celebrations also include folk songs, men performing Bhangra to drum beats and women doing the Gidda.
People believe lighting the fire on the evening of Lohri signifies the start of longer days. Also, Lohri is known as the harvest festival, as it is the traditional time to harvest sugarcane. Even kite-flying is a popular activity in Punjab during the festival, which is also known as Makar Sankranti.
On this auspicious day, Twitter is overflowing with Lohri wishes. Several celebrities, including Priyanka Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra, Tusshar Kapoor, Gul Panag, Anupam Kher and Tahir Bhasin, have wished their fans on social media. Here are the tweets:
Happpppyyyy lohri!!! My dad's favourite festival!!!
#HappyLohri everyone miss my Delhi house bonfire and the winter,love sweets n family time to all
Which translates to- let the ability to initiate good deeds come, let sloth/laziness go.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim
May this Lohri bring joy to all.
With sweetness of gajak, everyone enthrall.
#MSGWishesHappyLohri to one and all.
Happy Lohri everyone! Here's to a positive start to a great year!!
Happy lohri to all
Happy Lohri everyone!
Happy Lohri to all. Love and Happiness always.:)
May Wahe Guru fulfill all your wishes! #HappyLohri to you and your family! Enjoy!
#HappyLohri everyone. May this auspicious harvest festival bring you & your family happiness & Joy.
Tahir Raj Bhasin
#HappyLohri everyone. Miss the Delhi winter & the bonfire. Have lots of Chikki, Popcorn and Peanuts tonight
#HappyLohri people..may there be a million reasons to celebrate this year
Happy lohri everybody :)