The festival of Lohri marks the end of winter and the start of spring in India.
The Festival of Lohri is celebrated on January 13th in India, marking the end of winter and the start of spring. The Hindu festival is observed in various ways across different regions, with people lighting bonfires, singing songs and sharing food. This year, Lohri fell on January 13th, a Friday. The day was celebrated by many Indians living abroad as well as in India itself.
While it is celebrated differently across different regions in India, there are some commonalities to Lohri celebrations that make it recognizable as a national festival. For example, most people celebrate by lighting bonfires or burning effigies of Ravana or Pichu Thakur to signify their victory over evil forces during the long winter months.
One tradition involves young girls going from house to house asking for treats or coins from families they visit. In return for these treats or coins they sing songs and play music while they are there. Another tradition sees young men setting off fireworks at nightfall as part of their celebrations.