Bonfire festival of Lohri

Goodbye Cold, Welcome Warmth: Bonfire festival of Lohri


Lohri celebrations at Farhataas, India

As the fire is lit, people’s faces glow with joy, and the celebration of Lohri gets underway. It is an event to celebrate the end of the dry and cold days of the North Indian Winter.

Lohri, is typically a North Indian festival especially celebrated in the breadbasket of India, the Punjab. Its origins can be traced to various folklore and religious beliefs. It is mainly believed to be the cultural celebration of the winter solstice and hence it marks the end of the bitter cold winter, the beginning of longer days and basically more sunlight. It also marks the harvesting of the Rabi crops.

Lohri has many counterparts all over the country, be it Bihu in the far eastern state of Assam or Pongal in southern Tamil Nadu. Other festivals like Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan also happen around the same time and the basic sense of celebration is similar.

The name Lohri, is also traced back to a lot of sources. Some say it came from the name of Saint Kabir’s wife, Loi. Some others believe it is ‘Loh’, which means fire, from where the name was derived. Eating of Til or sesame seeds and Revri is an integral part of the festival and people believe the name came from joining the two words, Tilohri, which later became Lohri.

The day starts with children visiting all the homes in the neighbourhood, performing songs folk dances and collecting sweets, and occasionally money.

The onset of the evening marks the lighting of a bonfire, which is a central aspect of the festival.  People offer sesame seeds, popped corn, gurh or jaggery and sugar candy to the lit fire and sit around it. Traditional music and dance follow with great fervour. Men perform Punjabi folk dance of Bhangra around the fire, and the women usually perform the traditional Gidda dance.

A jolly mood ensues and the celebrations go on till late at night until the fire dies out. The next day is the first day of the month of Magh the harbinger of warmer days.

This footage is part of the professionally-shot broadcast stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of HD imagery from South Asia. The Wilderness Films India collection comprises of tens of thousands of hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM / SR 1080i High Definition, Alexa, SR, HDV and XDCAM. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We are happy to be commissioned to film for you or else provide you with broadcast crewing and production solutions across South Asia. We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world… Reach us at rupindang @ gmail . com and admin@wildfilmsindia.com.

Things we can help you with.

Get AFFORDABLE Medical TREATMENT IN INDIA

Number of people coming to India for Medical Travel has jumped 168% last year. Worldclass Service | Low Waiting | Low Cost. 850+ surgeons & 70+ Hospitals

Enjoy nature with Eco Tourism/ agro tourism

While living with our family, get to experience the agricutural side of India, away from crowded cities. Live with nature, wake up to chirping birds, fresh air and a peaceful environment.

EXPERIENCE THE INDIAN CULTURE

We provide local and overseas cultural exchange programs and assist organizations in designing and arranging special cultural experience, service learning and visits to social enterprises. We aim to let participa​_nts immerse into local community and interact with local people.

Homestay with our family

Offering quality and affordability, homestays are a great value accommodation option for people of all ages to experience travel. Whatever your reason for travel, you’ll find perfect home to stay. Get to know us before staying with a video call or instant messaging.

Getting married Indian Style

To fully emerse in Indian Culture, let us help you get married the Indian Way. We will help you with a punjab wedding that will a become an experience to remember for life.

Volunteering in India to Help locals

Get the option to volunteer to help the local community, teach, build, aid on various programs that we setup to uplift the local people. Use your skills and experience and make like of people better.

Get $100 bonus on your first consultation

Fill the form and we will reachout via email shortly. 
Get Free Consultation & Bonus 
close-link