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Lohri is particularly a happy occasion. Lohri is on the last day of the month of Pans to mark the end of winter and is celebrated every year in mid-January (13th January). The earth is farthest from the sun at this point and starts moving towards the sun, ending the coldest time of the year and the next day of Makar Sakranti, usher in the bright and sunny month of Magh.

  A view of Chajja used during Dance on Lohri.
A view of Chajja used during Dance on Lohri.

A traditional dance called the 'Chajja' marks the celebration on the occasion of Lohri. The whole atmosphere of Jammu comes alive with people dancing in procession on the pulsating drumbeats.

Lohri is very important for a new born or newly wed. Small groups of childern ring the doorbell of houses and start chanting the Lohri songs related to Dulla Bhatti. In turn, the people give them popcorn, peanuts, crystal sugar, sesame seeds (til) or gur as well as money.

At night, people gather around the bonfire and offer til, gajak, gur, peanuts and phulia or popcorn into the flames of the bonfire. The prasad comprising of five main things - til, gajak, gur, peanuts and phulia or popcorn is distributed to all present. Prayers are offered to the bonfire seeking abundance & prosperity.

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