New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Lohri, one of the most popular festival across India, is celebrated on January 13 or a night before Makar Sankranti. The festival has deep rooted connection with ancient cultures and traditions and is associated with harvest of Rabi crops and is considered ideal to harvest sugarcane crops. Lohri marks the conclusion of the winter season by lighting a bonfire and thanking the sun god, Surya. The festival is widely celebrated by Punjabi(s) residing in north western parts of the country, including Punjab, unjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh.

Here are some interesting facts about Lohri:

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1. Lohri marks the end of winter season and it is observed a day before Makar Sankranti.

2. Also known as Maghi, the festival marks the beginning of financial new year and hold immense importance among Sikhs.

3. In the evening, people gather around bonfire, throw puffed rice and popcorn on fire.

4. First Lohri for a bride is considered very special, her presence makes the occasion majestic with bridal dressings. Accompanied by husband-- dressed in colourful turban-- she performs gidda with her in-laws around the bonfire. 

5. Lohri words originates from Loh, which means warmth and light. As per scriptures, Lohri was the sister of Holika who survived with Praladh.

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6. Lohri is also known as winter solstice. On this day each year, the sun leans towards the tropic of cancer.

7. Eating of til (sesame seeds) and rorhi (jaggery) is part of the festival. Til+Rohri= Tilohri or Lohri

8. Flying kite on Lohri is popular in some parts of Punjab. People get onto the roof tops and fly kites of various colours and size.

9. Gajak, Sarson ka Saag and Makke Di Roti are some of the preparations made especially for the festival.

10. Lohri is often known to be celebrated in the honor of his Dulla Bhatti -- Robin Hood of Punjab province.

Posted By: James Kuanal