Lohri festival is on January 13 (2014 - Monday, 2015 - Tuesday).
The festival of Lohri is an extremely popular festival of the Punjabis celebrated in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir. Lohri is usually celebrated on the last day of the month of Paush, the month in which the winter solstice takes place. According to the ancient Punjabi folk lore, Lohri Date should be on the eve of Winter Solstice Day. Lohri festival is connected to the Winter solstice and celebrates the harvest of rabi crops. Through this Punjabi festival of Lohri, people pay respects to the natural element of fire and is dedicated to the end of winter season. Lohri songs are sung by children and elders composed in praise of the age-old Lohri traditions or in praise of Dulla Bhatti. As is usual, the date of Lohri festival, 2014 is on January 13 marking the sun’s entry to the Makar Rashi from the Tropic of Cancer. It is believed that this day is extremely auspicious and marks the end of the coldest month of the year, Paush. The next is the beginning of the period of Uttarayan considered sacred by all Hindus.
Significance of Lohri festival
Lohri celebration is traditionally associated with the harvest of rabi crops. People are seen to gather round the fire and offer peanuts, rewri, butter and various other food items to thank God for the good harvest. Lohri is an extremely festival for the newly wedded women of Pujabi families and for every new born child. Though Lohri is predominantly celebrated in the State of Punjab, yet the flavors of this festival is also enjoyed in other states such as Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu.
Lohri in 2014 will be celebrated on January 13 in the month of Paush or Magh, which is a day before Makar Sankranti. Lohri festival in India is seen by the Punjabi farmers as the beginning of the financial year.