The menfolk of the villages perform bhangra on this day.Bhangra is an
energetic dance associated with the ripening of crops. The dance manifests the
vigor and vitality and exuberance of the people, in anticipation of money
coming in after the cutting of a good harvest. During Lohri celebration, the
drum plays a very important part. It provides the basic accompaniment to most
of folk music. There are specific folk songs that is sung during the festival
In the morning, children move from door to door singing:-
"Dabba bharaya leera da"
"Ai ghar ameera da"
Translation: Box filled of cloths strips, this house is of the rich.
And those who weren't that generous had to face a bunch of kids chanting the
"Hukka bhai Hukkaa"
"Ai ghar bhukka"
Translation: Hukka! Oh! Hukka!..this house is full of misers!
People gather around the bonfire. They sing and dance around the fire. Friends
and relatives exchange gifts and greetings. They even throw sweets, puffed
rice and popcorn into the fire. A puja is performed beside the bonfire and the
"Prasad" includes six main things : til, gazak, gur, moongphali, phuliya and
popcorn.Prasad is distributed to everyone. This symbolizes a prayer to Agni,
the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity.
History Of Lohri