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Festivals of India — Lohri
Lohri is a popular Punjabi festival, celebrated by people of Sikh faith as well as Hindu faith from the Punjab region of India. It is also celebrated in the Punjab region of Pakistan.
Lohri is mainly Sikh festival however the day of Lohri is decided based on Hindu calendar. Lohri is closely linked to Hindu festival Makara Sankranti and it is celebrated one day before of that on the last day of Punjabi month of Poh. So, Lohri commemorates the passing of the winter solstice.
There are many origins of Lohri: all forming part of folklore. Many people believe the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice as Lohri was originally celebrated on winter solstice day, being the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
A key feature of Lohri is the bonfire. Lohri is seen by some to be a harvest festival as it is traditionally associated with the harvest of the rabi and sugarcane crops.
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