The popular Punjabi festival Lohri is celebrated in the South of Asia in the Punjab region. It is highly fathomed that this festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice. Winter solstice day is marked with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. As per the Gregorian calendar, Lohri is celebrated on 13th January.
This festival is famously known for kite flying and people of all age climb on their house's rooftops to fly kites which are in various bright colours. The special dishes which are eaten on this occasion are Gajak, sarso da saag and Makki di roti, groundnuts and jaggery.
Lohri is also seen by some to be a festival of the harvest of the rabi crops. Other than kite flying, there are also other celebrations like A bonfire, singing and dancing. It is said that on that day, children go from door to door singing folk songs and also collect sweets, savoury and money. The collection collected by children is called Lohri and consists of til, jaggery, popcorn etc which are thrown into the bonfire, which represents burning of the old year and starts the next year on Maghi. Special Lohri songs are also sung during this festival. On the beat of the dhol, people dance on bhangra and gidda wearing brightly coloured clothes. All the families gather and celebrate this festival with utmost love and affection which brings happiness and joy all around.