Wishes

Lohri Wishes

Big Bear
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Lohri - jaggery and peanuts

Big Sky

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Dance and songs

Copper Mountain

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Celebrate harvest, end of winter

Crested Butte

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New Year Decorations

Lohri  Mela

 

On Lohri day, colourful fairs or melas are held in many of the villages of Punjab, Himachal and Haryana. These are basically seasonal fairs that celebrate the harvest for the fertility of fields. Lohri fairs are enchantingly picturesque with bustling market springing up, in which food and products of local handicrafts such as toys, glass bangles and an assortment of all kinds of articles for domestic use are on display.
People come to participate in Lohri Melas from far-off places, trudging dusty distances. Men, women and children of all ages, classes and creeds flock in hundreds and enjoy the numerous fascinating features of the fair; races, wrestling bouts, singing, acrobatics, etc.,. They play on folk instruments, such as vanjli and algoza. There is fun and frolic all round the place where the Lohri fair is organised.
The old as well as the young enjoy these fairs to the fullest as these fairs reflect the joy of the community. In big cities and towns Lohri melas are organised before or after the festival to give people an opportunity to get together. Stalls of handicraft and other products besides those selling food are organised in these fairs. Bonfire, joyful competitions along with swings and games are other attractions of the traditional Lohri melas.