Lohri is just a couple of days away and the entire north India is looking forward to celebrate with more fun and enthusiasm than the last year.
Amidst the bone-chilling weather in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab, where temperature quivers between 0-5 degrees along-with heavy snows in Shimla, Manali and Kashmir, where life is assumed to be stagnant, there is surprisingly a palpable wave of activity going on.
Even though climate is quite unforgiving in northern India, it has not restricted the enthusiasm for this cultural festive season. While south has already geared up in Pongal and Makar Sankranti preparations, northern states are also not left behind. People in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi are busy with Lohri preparations – the much awaited bonfire festival.
Punjab, which is the breadbasket of India with its largest wheat production in the nation, is sown in October and harvested in March and April.
Since in January the field gets decorated with golden harvest like a Dulhan, the farmers celebrate Lohri in a grand manner before cutting off the harvested crops.
In mid-January, earth is farthest from the sun, thus making it as the coldest month of the year and is known as Paush as per Hindu calendar. The Makar Sankranti, which falls on 14th of January announces the period of Uttarayan.
Customs and Rituals
In the morning of Lohri, children in villages go door to door singing Lohri songs and demanding ‘loot’ in the form of money and produce like sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts and sweets including gajak, rewri etc.
In the evening, huge bonfires are lit at the center of a locality, in front yards of fields and houses. People gather around the rising flame and throw puffed rice, popcorn and other munchies into the fire, while screaming aloud, “Aadar aye dilather jaye” i.e. May honor come and poverty vanish!
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Just like Navratri and Diwali, my Lohri fashion brigade is back with a fabulous Lohri collection. Since the festival demands traditional wear, so the look for the day should be a short kurta with a patiala salwar.
The Punjabi women’s attire which comprises of patiala salwar with heavy/light dupatta is an optimum comfortable ethnic wear you can ever find among other festive collections. Let’s have a look at some of the best available items from our collection!
Unlike Navratri and Diwali collections, which come heavy with embellishments and intricate crystal detailing, this time we have come up with some extremely trendy pieces in vibrant shades and light yet warm fabric.
Now get into your best Punjabi avatar with this strong dose of red paired with contrasting purple and black shades. Don’t let the winter become a barrier in your fashion statement, instead step out in this full-sleeved patiala suit.
This is a beautiful piece featuring white floral prints against red bodice. The dupatta comes in matching print. To keep up the vibrancy, the sleeves and borders are flanked by neon shades of yellow and orange.
Now this is another fashion offering from our catalog with a traditional twist. This is a beautiful patiala suit available in soothing shade of steel blue and purple. Confidently add some of the purple elements to flaunt your fashion quotient. This is one of my favorite items from the catalog, because of its intricate embroidery work on the chest.
The patiala along-with dupatta are accentuated with random motifs in fluorescent shade along-with orange. Well, you do not have to suffer at the hands of freezing weather,, instead you can put on a knitted cardigan over it and accessorize your look with a chunky kada or an Omkar pendant to keep up the festive mood.
Just like white, black can never go wrong when paired with pink. This is an ultra-chic patiala suit, apt for college girls, professionals and even the newly weds. While the black kurti comes with modern elements such as block design on neck and chest with an intricate gota work on the bodice, the patiala is satin pink with golden patchwork all over the body.
The dupatta is in matching shade of pink flanked by neon green in the border to give an edge to your look. With full sleeves, you do not have to wear heavy accessories on your hands rather a pair of chandelier earrings would create wonders. Do not forget to wear the golden juti to complete your look.
This is a beautiful patiala suit piece in mint green and purple. While the kurti comes in a subtle shade of mint green with complete print on the front, the patiala is purple in color flanked by random gota patchwork. The back neck is also decorated with floral leaflet design. All you need is to accessorize your look with kundan earrings.
Hope you liked our collections. Do let us know how you’re planning to celebrate your Lohri this year!