Lohri marks the beginning of the end of winter, coming of spring and the new year. (Image: AP)
The festival is traditionally associated with the harvest of the rabi crops. (Image: AP)
The traditional time to harvest sugarcane crops is January, therefore, Lohri is seen by some to be a harvest festival. And thus, Punjabi farmers see the day after Lohri (Maghi) as the financial New Year. (Image: AP)
There are some interesting socio-cultural and folk-legends connected with Lohri. (Image: PTI)
According to the cultural history of Punjab, Bhatti, a Rajput tribe during the reign of Akbar, inhabited parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, and Gujarat (now in Pakistan). (Image: PTI)
Dulla Bhatti, Raja of Pindi Bhattian, was put to death by the Mughal king for revolting against him. (Image: PTI)
The tribal mirasis (street singers) trace the history of the tribe and interestingly, claim Maharaja Ranjit Singh as one of its scions. (Image: AP)
Dulla Bhatti, like Robin Hood, robbed the rich and gave to the poor. The people of the area loved and respected him. (Image: PTI)
He once rescued a girl from kidnappers and adopted her as his daughter. His people would remember their hero every year on Lohri. (Image: PTI)
Groups of children moved from door to door, singing the Dulla Bhatti folk-song: "Dulla Bhatti ho! Dulle ne dhi viyahi ho! Ser shakar pai ho!" (Dulla gave his daughter a kilo of sugar as a marriage gift).
Lohri is essentially a festival dedicated to fire and the sun god. (Photo: Reuters)
It is the time when the sun transits the zodiac sign Makar (Capricorn), and moves towards the north. (Image: PTI)
Gur rewri, peanuts and popcorns are the three munchies associated with this festival.
Besides these, in Punjab villages, it is a tradition to eat gajjak, sarson da saag and makki di roti on the day of Lohri. It is also traditional to eat 'til rice'--sweet rice made with jaggery (gur) and sesame seeds. (Image: PTI)