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Happy Lohri 2021: Puja timings and rituals

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LAST UPDATED: Jan. 13, 2021, 4:07 p.m.

NEW DELHI (DIVYA SAINI): Lohri is the first festival of the year which is celebrated with joy in the country, the festival is celebrated in the northern states, especially in the areas of the Punjab, Haryana and Delhi/ NCR. This festival is celebrated in the first month of January, and this year, it will be celebrated on January 13, which is a Wednesday.

The festival is mostly celebrated by the Sikh and Hindu communities, on this festival people burn all their sorrows of past year, and begin the New Year with a fresh start for the abundance of happiness and prosperity. On this day, people offer their respect to the sun, earth and the fire. The bonfire is an important part of the festival. Lohri is celebrated a day before the festival of Makar Sakranti.

On the festival, people gather around in the evening while dressed up in festive attire, where the puja is performed and the bonfire is set in the middle, where they throw puffed rice, sweets and popcorn into the flames. During this several festive songs are sang and people dance on the beats of dhol. People exchange greetings, during which, people wish each other a year filled with prosperity, hope abundance and happiness.

The following items are required to perform the puja:

1 Purified mango wood2 Ganga jal3 Shriphal4 Akshat5 Havan samidha6 Sugarcane7 Kalash8 Kumkum 9 Naivedya

10 shodash matrika,

11 surya and agni yantra

The woods for the bonfire is set in the morning and is lit in the evening, after sunset. The festival is considered extremely auspicious for the newly wed couples. As in the beginning of their new life it’s the best festival to celebrate, which brings happiness and great wealth in their lives.

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