Oldest ISO 9001:2015 certified Rudraksha Organisation in the world. Your Trusted Brand Since 1997
» Informational Articles » Festivals » About Lohri 2023: The Bonfire Festival

What is the meaning of Lohri?

Lohri celebrations


Lohri (January 15, 2023, Friday) is a famous Punjabi festival listed among one of the great Indian festivals. Lohri festival is a celebration of the harvest season, the harvesting of the Rabi Crop, in the Punjab region. It is regarded as a celebration to welcome the beginning of the Spring season, the warmth of the Sun, and send off time for Winter. Surya Devta (Sun God), Agni, or Fire are invoked, thanked, and paid reverence to, on the Lohri festival. Community Bonfire, Til(Sesame seeds), Peanuts in their shell, Rohri or Gud, Rice, colorful clothes, folk songs, and dance are integral parts of the Lohri celebration.


Lohri festival is celebrated on the last day of the Hindu month Paush. It falls a day before Makar Sankranti, with the Sun starting its Northwards journey and transit into the Sun sign of Makar(Capricorn). In Punjab Makar Sankranti is called Maghi as the Hindu month of Magha or Magh starts on that day. Almost every year, the Lohri festival date is 15 January (as per the Gregorian calendar), just like Makar Sankranti is on 15 January every year. It is also called the Lodi festival.


Lohri 2023 is on January 15, Friday.

Lohri is Celebrated in which State?

Primarily Lohri festival is celebrated in the state of Punjab. But the states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh also celebrate this joyous festival. And not only these states most of the Northern part of India celebrate Lohri with fervor.

Why is lohri celebrated? | Lohri Significance

Bonfire festival

Lohri Significance: Lohri festival is connected with the Solar year, offering a farewell to the chilling winter, which the state of Punjab and Northern states of India go through. It is said that the people of the ancient world prayed with Vedic mantras to please the Sun God for protecting them against winter. On this day Fire and the Sun, God are worshipped and following the traditions and rituals prayers and gratitude are offered for the warmth of theSun. The folk songs of Lohri thank Surya Devta, especially for His return with warmth after winter.

The importance of the Lohri festival is also to mark the bountiful harvest of Rabi crops. As the Sun starts moving to the North, the daylight duration and warmth increase which helpsthe seeds of crops sown in fields to sprout, which is a Lohri celebration reason. It marks the beginning of a new financial year for farmers or agriculturists. It signifies prosperity,abundance, fertility, and celebrations by expressing joy for gifts from nature and the Divine. Itis said that the expression of gratitude to the Divine amplifies when we do it by being joyous, happy and the essence of Lohri celebrations is exactly that. Lohri’s significance is also for married couples who gain blessings if they offer prayers to Sun God in the morning.

Scroll Down to read more
Shop Now for Energized Products

Lohri Celebrations | How is Lohri Celebrated?

Lohri festival

The vibrancy of the Lohri celebration is infectious. The community Lohri Bonfire is a symbol of Lohri festival which is lit at Sunset, along with the earthy Punjabi folk songs filling the air accompanied by Dhol and Manjeera, Bhangra dance performances, cheerful faces, togetherness, and special food is what describes Lohri celebrations. Lohri festival is a celebration that brings people together, meeting, talking, celebrating, praying together which

is a unique aspect of Lohri festival. Lohri Punjabi festival is called Bonfire festival by many, especially by people from foreign lands.

The Lohri fire represents a tribute to the Sun. Lohri features a Puja Parikrama around the Bonfire which is lit in the wide-open fields and distribution of Prasad. Mantras which are chanted around the Bonfire are praises of gratitude offered to the Sun God and it is regarded as a formal ritual on this day. It is believed that the flames of the Bonfire carry their prayers. This also amounts to offering prayers to Agni for plentiful crops and prosperity.

A small idol made out of Cow-dung or Gobar(in local language) representing Goddess Lohri is made and singing Her praises, it is lit with fire.

Women and Men dress up in traditional, colorful clothes and the women wear jewelry and look beautiful. In the evening the Lohri Bonfire is lit, family members, loved ones, relatives, friends gather encircling the Bonfire, which gives warmth in the winter evening. Punjabi Folksongs are sung together. The Dhol (an Indian Drum) beat prompted everyone to participate in dancing. The Lohri songs are in praise and gratitude of Sun God, Fire, and also they singsongs of a legend who was called Dulha Batti.

The men dance the Bhangra and the women dance the Gidda. Til, Gur, Rewari, Sugar-candy(Misri), and Popcorn are tossed into the burning embers of the Lohri Bonfire. Special Punjabi songs, traditional music, and dance performances are also organized. Newly married couples circumambulate the Bonfire, offering Revadi/Rewari, Peanuts and Popcorn, which is a ritualistic tradition of Lohri. The atmosphere is happy and full of mirth and till the Bonfire is on, the festivity goes on. Later everyone eats dishes like Sarson ka Saag, Makki kiRoti, sweets like Gajak, Til Gud Ladoos, Kheer, etc.

A couple of weeks before Lohri, children go from house to house singing praises of Dulha Batti and the people of the house give them peanuts, sugar candy, Til, Gur, and some money.

How to Celebrate Baby's First Lohri?

For newborn children and their parents, the day of Lohri is made special. The mother dresses up in keeping with the occasion and the newborn is also cutely dressed. The mother along with her newborn in her arm is made to sit and friends, relatives shower her with gifts,fruits, and sweets

History/Story Behind Lohri festival

Meaning of Lohri

The Lohri history is said to date back to the time when Mughal Emperor Akbar ruled India and the now legendary Dulla Bhatti. The Lohri story narrates the interesting gentleman Dulla Bhatti who was a highway Robber. He used to rob the rich and help the needy with the money or wealth collected. During the reign of Emperor Akbar, Punjabi Hindu women/girls were forcefully being taken to the Middle Eastern countries for selling in the slave market. Dulla Bhatti rescued many such women, got them married to suitable Hindu men, and paid them a dowry too.

Dulla Bhatti also led a revolt against Emperor Akbar and refused to pay tax as this magnanimous Robber refused to consider the Emperor's reign illegitimate. He raised guerrilla war against King Akbar, which made the King/Emperor shift His Imperial capital to Lahore(Pakistan). Later Dulla Bhatti was executed on orders from the Emperor. The Lohri story says that the day he was executed in public, to teach a lesson and instill fear in people. But rather, the women lit Bonfire, sang, and danced around it, in memory of their savior Dulla Bhatti. This became a practice every year which gave birth to the festival of Lohri.

Another interesting fact about Lohri is its name. There are different versions of the story of the meaning of Lohri. It is said that in olden times, the name was Tilorhi, a compound of Til(Sesame) and Rohri meaning Gur. With time, the word came to be pronounced as Lohri.

May the festival of Lohri bring joy to everyone and burn away all that is not good.

Related Testimonials
  • Experienced positive changes in my career

    As per your recommendation I ordered Mangalmaya-J around 15 days back and I have experienced positive changes in my career. close

    - NITESH
  • My confidence is increased

    Dear Rudra Center. I don't have job from a long time. After wearing 5 mukhi rudraksha mala from Nepal from Rudra Center. My confidence is increased. I am getting a job! After my sallery and some saving I will surely buy 14 mukhi rudraksha bracelet , 10 mukhi rudraksha bracelet and 8 mukhi rudraksha bracelet soon. And RRST recommendation from miss Neeta jee. Thank you for providing a very good service. I would like to purchase more things in the future. Thanks once again premanand for giving so good support. close

    - Moeed
  • Dear Neetaji Namaste, I would like to say big thanks to u because u sent mala n arm bracelet strung as per RRST is feeling so effective n miraculous.I got mala,bracelet  n blue Sapphire ring at proper time.Within a span of 20-25 days showing their effect...like peace of mind,fear phobia gone,confidence,concentration level increasing. Now I have decided not to quit the same business and wish to make it more successful...So nice of u Mam  ..thanks a lot. Once again thanks a lot from the big bottom of my heart for bringing back my train on right track. With regards Shailesh Bhonde close

    - Shailesh B
  • Improved Positive energy

    Hello All, I am please to write here about my experience.I am working in the IT industry. My IT carrier goes down because of my fear, shy and communication problem. Then I came to know about benefits of Rudraksha and Rudraksha-ratna chennai center. After consulting with them, I wear Courage bracelet for past 2 years. Now I am really cool and my carrier life and personal life is going very smooth. I really say thanks to Rudraksha ratna. close

    - Kannan
  • I wanted to drop you a line to say thank you

    Dear Neeta, I trust all is well with you. I wanted to drop you a line to say thank you. I have valued your advise. I've been wearing my bracelet and 15 mukhi pendant constantly and I am starting to feel the benefits. I think the most obvious is that my fear is dissipating and although I still have bursts of anxiety and worry about how things will happen as it seems to be an uphill struggle, I am immediately relieved with a knowledge that all will be well. I feel healthier and more trustful and at peace with the universe. I believe the other benefits will unfold and the rudrakshas will help wit close

    - Anna. P.
  • You are truly inspiring

    Hi Neetaji, I just saw your hrit Padma chakra video and I would like to say a big thank you for sending this video across. I have attended many yoga and meditation camps and workshops in India but never got this type of knowledge on chakras . You are truly inspiring . And also I ordered the Sri chakra as a gift to someone and I must say it's so so magnificent. There have been some delays and confusions with orders but I must say that each and every product I ordered so far exceeded my expectations . I would love to attend your workshops when I am in India .It's amazing to see someone like you close

    - Jaya
  • I purchased several products from Rudraksha Ratna

    I purchased several products from rudraksha ratna. For eg. I ordered kanakadhara yantra. They sent me by performing puja. Now i am purchasing gold atleast twice in a month. Thank you. close

    - ShivaPrasad
  • You're services very curious

    Hello vanakam. I first of all say very thankful to all people's in Rudra centre. I bought some rudraksha, parad bracelet, lashmi kavacham, catseye bracelet and now latest I ordered navaratna bracelet also. You're product is really fantastic. You're services very curious. I recommend to my friends also. Once again I say thanks to your best service and the show also was doing very fast delivery. Even Sunday also they delivered to me. close

  • The power of the fifteen Mukhi Rudraksha has been profound in my life

    Hello Neeta!I'm happy to say the power of the fifteen Mukhi Rudraksha has been profound in my life. In truth I was a bit skeptical about the true effect of the Rudraksha therapy, but to my pleasant surprise, this single Rudraksha has been able to heal many issues I have been dealing with. I feel it much easier to let go of disappointments and betrayals, this freeing up a huge amount of energy to direct else ware. The spiritual work I am doing with clients has never been better. They hear what I am saying with better clarity since using this Rudraksha. This has been a life changing event and I close

    - Jacob B
  • The rudraksha powder is working wonders for my skin

    Namaste. The rudraksha powder is working wonders for my skin. No other product has ever worked so well for my skin. Thanks and regards, Lavanya, USA close

    - Lavanya
Rudra Centre Videos

View More

Recommended Articles
  • Nag Panchami Festival 2023
    Top Information About Nag Panchami 2023: Date, Story, Significance, Puja Vidhi,
    Read More →

  • Navaratri the 9 divine nights of blessings
    Description & Dates of Navratri Festival Puja would be Live Streamed --> Boo
    Read More →

  • Things to do on Akshaya Tritiya
    Among other holy festivals,  Akshaya Tritiya  is considered as one of the most
    Read More →

  • Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2023: Meaning, Dates, Timing, Story, Vrat Katha, Puja Vidhi & Mantra
    Vaikunta Ekadashi festival  is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lo
    Read More →

× Search article

Send Enquiry

Verification Code: verification image, type it in the box

Product Related Enquiry/ Ask Expert:
phone +91-70211 80033 | Whatasapp
phone 022-62102919
email rrst@rudracentre.com
phone +91-88501 99897 | Whatasapp
phone 022- 62102909
Puja Services Enquiry:
phone / Whatasapp +91-93268 81243