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Why is Lori Celebrated?
Legend has it that it was originally celebrated around the winter solstice, but has come to mark the beginning of the rabbi harvest in Punjab.
Is Lohri January 13th or 14th?
Lohri Party Ideas
Serve sesame and jaggery
Did you know that Lohri comes from Tilhori? “til” means sesame and “rohri” means jaggery. Offering these to the sacred fire of Lori, symbolizing Lord Agni, is believed to bring prosperity and health.
Make sure you have enough popcorn for everyone you host to throw in the fire and circle around.
A Lohri party doesn’t have to be completely traditional. Whenever friends, neighbors, or family members come over, it’s a good time to turn up the tunes and strut your stuff.
Music often sets the tone for Lori’s parties. Headline your playlist with Guru Randhawa or Diljit Dosanjh and enjoy some folk music for a wholesome Lohri celebration.
Plastic chairs around a bonfire don’t do justice to Lohri’s colorful festivities. A chalupai (cot) will be provided for lori party guests to relax and reminisce about the good old days.
Lori ki tari
Sarson ka saag and Makke di roti are typical winter recipes. If you are Punjabi, nothing can immortalize lohri bash like this traditional food combination.
Add fiery chickpeas for flavor and tir ki chikki (crumbs made with sesame seeds and jaggery) for the sweet tooth.
Table decor elements such as miniature tractors and folding fans add to the theme until it feels like a true Punjabi setting.
These are just a few recommendations to spice up your Lohri 2023 and don’t necessarily have to be followed literally.