Lohri is celebrated with great pomp and fervor in north India, especially by Punjabi, to mark the perfect time to harvest the Rabi crops. Lohri also marks the end of winter season and is observed on the last day of the Hindi month Paush, and the beginning of Magha.
People worship the goddess of Lohri which is beautifully crafted from cow dung. Late in the evening, a bonfire is lit up which is associated with the start of longer days.It is also an image of energy and spiritual strength. People sit around it and continuously sing till the bonfire burns down. Food including peanuts, popcorn and sweets made of til-chirva, gajak and revri are eaten and simultaneously poured into bonfires a tradition.This ritual is performed for thanking the Sun God and seeking his continued protection.
Lohri is generally celebrated privately by people at their respective houses, but in houses where there has been a childbirth or any marriage, the festival is comparatively celebrated at a larger level, inviting guests and relatives.
Other stuff that is symbolic with Lohri, issarson da saag with makki di roti, People dress up themselves with bright clothes and be a part of the celebrations. They dance on the beats of dhol marking their excitement and exchange greetings.
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The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.
Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent. Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have lot many “vices” in lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of such virus generating vices are let to flourish under the cover of silence while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here. Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!
Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the causes of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important. Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.
However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.
Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are now crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes or any kind of depravity.
Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali