Lucknow: India is one of the most diverse country which is a home to various religions. Not even a month goes by when India does not celebrate any festival. Lohri, one of the most joyous and escatic functions celebrated all across northern India, primarily in the state of Punjab, marks the season of harvest.
This year, the festival falls on the 13th of January, Monday. This festival is celebrated in an elaborate fashion every year. Lohri is followed by Makar Sankranti, which is when the sun is believed to transit into the zodiac sign Capricorn.
This transition has interesting effects on everyone. So, to prepare for the upcoming financial year and to render the farmers with lots of bounty from the fields and prosperity in life, the deities of the sun, earth and fire are worshipped in Lohri puja. The sun represents the life element, earth represents our food and fire maintains our health.
People gather around bonfires in the evening, dressed in festive attire, and throw puffed rice, sweets and sometimes popcorn into the flames.
They exchange greetings and wish each other a year of immense prosperity. If you are looking to conduct the puja this year, these are the items that you will need: purified mango wood, Ganga jal, shriphal, akshat, havan samidha, sugarcane, kalash, kumkum, naivedya, shodash matrika, surya and agni yantra, and other items.
A very happy and joyful Lohri from the entire team of Newstrack!!!
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