Lohri is a popular winter time Punjabi folk festival, celebrated primarily by Sikhs and Hindus from the Punjab region in the northern part of Indian subcontinent. The significance and legends about the Lohri festival are many and these link the festival to the Punjab region. Many people believe the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice. Lohri marks the end of winter season, and is a traditional welcome of longer days and sun’s journey to the northern hemisphere by Sikhs and Hindus in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. It is observed the night before Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi, and according to the solar part of the lunisolar Bikrami calendar and typically falls about the same date every year (January 13).
Lohri is an official restricted holiday in the state of Punjab (India), where the festival is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, but it is not a holiday in Punjab (Pakistan). It is, however, observed by Sikhs and some Punjabi Muslims and Christians in Pakistan as well.
Lohri is linked to the Bikrami calendar, and is celebrated the day before the festival of Maghi celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti. Lohri falls in the month of Paush or mostly in the month of January and is set by the solar part of the lunisolar Punjabi calendar and in most years it falls on 13 January of the Gregorian calendar.
हुल्ले नी माइ हुल्ले: लोहड़ी लोक गीत
Hulle nee maiyee hulle do beri patte jhulle
Do jhul payeaan kahjurran
Khajurran suttya meva
Es munde de ghar mangeva
Es munde di voti nikdi
Oh! khandi choori, kutdi
Kut! Kut! Bharaya thaal woti bave nananaa nal
Ninaan te wadi parjaee
So kudma de ghar aayee!
mein lohri lain aayee!
Two berry leaves are hanging
Two date leaves are also hanging
The tree shed the fruit
There’s an engagement in this boy’s house
This boy’s wife is short
She eats and grinds choori
She grinds. She grinds. With filled plate she sits with her sisters-in-law
With the Sister-in-law is the elder son’s wife
They are in their in-laws house
I have come to take my Lohri.