Lohri falls on January 13th, a day before Makar Sankranti. It is a festival celebrated with great pomp and show in most parts of North India. Lohri marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. This is the period when the Rabi (winter) crops are being harvested.
The day begins with children singing folk songs and going door to door demanding Lohri in the form of money or sweets. As the sun sets, a bonfire is lit and people dressed in their best attire sing traditional songs and dance around the bonfire. Prayers are also said as they seek blessings of Agni (Fire God) for abundance and prosperity of the land.
Post this, family and friends get together and eat a sumptuous dinner of sarson ka saag (cooked mustard green leaves) and makki ki roti (bread made from corn flour).
May you find your life partner during this festival of joy and prosperity. Happy Lohri!
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