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What is the Significance of Lohri?

What is the Significance of Lohri?

In Punjab, the breadbasket of India, wheat is the main winter crop, which is sown in October and harvested in March or April. In January, the fields come up with the promise of a golden harvest, and farmers celebrate Lohri during this rest period before the cutting and gathering of crops. According to the Hindu calendar, Lohri falls in mid-January. …

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What are the customs and legends of Lohri?

What are the customs & legends of Lohri?

In the morning on Lohri day, children go from door to door singing and demanding the Lohri ‘loot’ in the form of money and eatables like til (sesame) seeds, peanuts, jaggery, or sweets like gajak, rewri, etc. They sing in praise of Dulla Bhatti, a Punjabi avatar of Robin Hood who robbed the rich to help the poor, and once …

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What is the Bonfire Ritual in Lohri Festival?

What is the Bonfire Ritual in Lohri Festival?

What is the Bonfire Ritual in Lohri Festival? In the evening, with the setting of the sun, huge bonfires are lit in the harvested fields and in the front yards of houses and people gather around the rising flames, circle around (parikrama) the bonfire and throw puffed rice, popcorn and other munchies into the fire, shouting “Aadar aye dilather jaye” …

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Which is Lohri Festival Popular Punjabi Folk Song, and brief history on Dulla Bhatti?

Which is Lohri Festival Popular Punjabi Folk Song, and brief history on Dulla Bhatti?

Dulla Bhatti grew up as a real fighter and warrior learning the art with his keen eye from here and there, unknowingly in the foot-steps of his father and grandfather. When he was young enough, his mother told him the about the past and from then on Dulla pledged that his only purpose in life was to defeat Akbar and …

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Who was Dulla Bhatti and his relation with Lohri Festival?

Who was Dulla Bhatti and his relation with Lohri Festival?

Dulla Bhatti was a famous legendary Rajput hero of Punjab, who led a rebellion against the famous Mughal king Akbar. There is a kind of epic in Punjabi language called Dulle di var, which narrates the battle events of Dulla Bhatti. Still there is a famous region in Punjab (now in Pakistan), called Dulle Di Bar means the forest of …

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How to celebrate Diwali in Maharashtra?

How to celebrate Diwali in Maharashtra?

How to celebrate Diwali in Maharashtra? Maharashtra, with its major chunk of Marathi population celebrates Diwali in a special way that is quite different from Diwali celebrations in North India. The four day long Diwali Festival, in this state usually begins with Vasu-baras, in honor of the female cow, representing motherhood. The rituals of this day involves married women performing …

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About Diwali Lakshmi Puja?

About Diwali Lakshmi Puja?

Lakshmi Puja on Diwali is an integral part of the Diwali celebrations. This day is also known by the name of ‘Chopada-Puja’. Lakshmi-Puja is performed for the sole purpose of propitiating Goddess Lakshmi and to thank Her for the bestowal of her blessings on the humans. Lakshmi-Puja falls on the darkest night of Amavasya, though with the help of innumerable …

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Why do we celebrate Diwali?

Why do we celebrate Diwali?

Why do we celebrate Diwali? Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, falls on the day of ‘Amavasya’, when the moon does not rise and there is darkness all around. Light, being symbol of hope and positive energy, indicates the victory of good over evil. By spreading light in every corner of our premises, we try to destroy the reign of …

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What’s Origin and Significance of Karwa Chauth?

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Significance of Karwa Chauth: The fast of Karwa Chauth is of particular importance to all Hindu married women in India. They believe that the festival ensures prosperity, longevity and well-being of their husbands. The origin of this festival was based on a very sweet and noble idea. Though this idea has lost its true sense as today the whole outlook …

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