lohri 2024

Lohri 2024 Date and Time and Celebration

Lohri is a folk festival celebrated in Northern India, mainly in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. It is a harvest festival that marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of the longer, warmer days of spring.

Lohri is celebrated on the 13th of January every year, on the eve of Makar Sankranti. On this day, people gather around bonfires to sing and dance, and to offer prayers to the Sun God for a bountiful harvest.

Some of the traditional customs associated with Lohri include:

  • Lighting a bonfire: The bonfire is a symbol of the sun, and it is believed to bring good luck and prosperity. People gather around the bonfire to sing and dance, and to throw offerings into the fire, such as sesame seeds, puffed rice, and popcorn.
  • Wearing traditional clothes: People wear their best traditional clothes on Lohri. Women often wear colorful saris or salwar kameez, and men often wear turbans or pagris.
  • Singing and dancing: Lohri is a time for celebration, and people sing and dance to traditional folk songs. Some of the most popular Lohri songs include “Lohri” and “Makar Sankranti.”
  • Eating traditional foods: Lohri is a time to enjoy traditional Punjabi food, such as sarson ka saag (mustard greens), makki ki roti (cornbread), and gajak (a sweet made of sesame seeds and jaggery).

Lohri is a joyous festival that brings people together to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is a time for family, friends, and community.

While traditionally Lohri is celebrated on January 13th every year, the exact date for Lohri 2024 was a bit more nuanced due to astrological calculations.

  • Lohri 2024 will be celebrated on Sunday, January 14th. This is because the “Sankranti” or the Sun’s transit into Makar Rashi (Capricorn zodiac) happened early in the morning of January 14th, 2024.

Here’s a breakdown of the key dates and times associated with Lohri 2024:

  • Lohri bonfire lighting:
    • Traditionally, the bonfire is lit in the evening, after sunset.
    • In 2024, with Sankranti occurring early morning, the bonfire lighting would have commenced sometime in the late evening of January 13th and continued into the early hours of January 14th.
  • Sankranti (Sun’s entry into Makar Rashi):
    • This auspicious moment occurred at 2:43 AM on January 14th, 2024.
  • Other auspicious timings:
    • Brahma Muhurta (considered an ideal time for prayers and meditation): 5:27 AM to 6:21 AM on January 14th.
    • Abhijit Muhurta (considered auspicious for starting new ventures): 12:09 PM to 12:51 PM on January 14th.

I hope this clarifies the date and time for Lohri 2024!