The first festival of 2021 is here. On Wednesday, Lohri or Bhogi is being celebrated everywhere around the country. People across the states celebrate the people by burning bonfires after the sunset, sing folk songs doing ‘parikrama’ around the bonfire and thus they pray to the almighty and seek blessings, followed by distributing dry fruits as ‘prasad’.
Lohri or Bhogi is observed the night before Makar Sankranti every year, which marks the journey of the sun towards the northern hemisphere, welcoming longer days and shorter nights. Notably, in the northern part of the country (Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh) the festival is known as ‘Lohri’ while around the southern part it is known as ‘Bhogi’.
On this holy occasion, PM Narendra Modi has taken to his Twitter handle to wish ‘happiness’ and ‘good health’ to general people. “Bhogi greetings to everyone. I pray that this special day fills everyone’s lives with happiness and good health”, tweeted Modi in English and Telegu.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also wrote wishes to the people is his Twitter handle in Hindi and Punjabi, which read – “Best wishes for Lohri. May this holy festival bring happiness and prosperity in the lives of all the countrymen”.