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January 13 is celebrated as Lohri in northern India, especially in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. This year the winter in this part of the country has been relatively severe.

The earth, farthest from the sun at this point of time, starts its journey towards the sun, thus ending the coldest month of the year, Paush, and announcing the start of the month of Magh and the auspicious period of Uttarayan.

In January, the fields come up with the promise of a golden harvest, and farmers celebrate Lohri during this rest period before the cutting and gathering of crops. Lohri is when they can come out of their homes and celebrate the harvesting of the Rabi (winter) crops and give in to relaxing and enjoying the traditional folk songs and dances... Read more about Lohri

January 12, 2010 at 3:49 am
(1) Jeffrey Charles Archer says:

Not to knitpick, but the earth is actually closest to the sun around January 3 (perihelion) and farthest around July 6 (aphelion). Seems counterintuitive for folks in the Northern Hemisphere to think we’re closer to the sun in the midst of winter, but that’s what the books say (ain’t an astronomer).
Anyhow, enjoy your blog.
Jeffrey Charles Archer
Dilettante Extraordinaire

January 13, 2011 at 10:33 am
(2) Swami Sadashiva Tirtha says:

Happy Lohri!

January 22, 2013 at 6:43 am
(3) RM.Muthiah says:

though hindusum s having high values &morals it was deserted no vital organasation it has t protect it at present I FEEL DELIGATE T say as iam also a hindu let s jointgather t do (t expose the goodvalues f this great religion t the mankind which s atmost necessory)

February 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm
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