The New Year 2020 has begun and now its time to mark the traditional festivals one after another. Lohri, the harvest festival of Punjab will be marked in the first month of the year. Lohri 2020 will be celebrated on January 13 this year. This festival is primarily celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus in the North Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu Kashmir. There is always some confusion regarding the dates of this celebration as it often coincides or is celebrated around the festival of Makar Sankranti. This year, Makar Sankranti will be marked on January 14. As we near the festive celebration, let us know about the history and significance of this festival. January 2020 Festivals, Events and Holiday Calendar: Makar Sankranti to Republic Day; Know All Important Dates and List of Fasts for the Month.
Lohri Date in 2020
The date of Lohri depends on the lunisolar Bikrami calendar and almost falls on the same date of January 13 every year. Despite the year of 2020 is a leap year, the date remains the same this year as well. The next day of Lohri will be marked as Makar Sankranti, also called as Maghi. This harvest festival is marked in different parts of the country with different names. International Kite Festival 2020 Date in Gujarat: History, Significance and Full Schedule of Uttarayan (Makar Sankranti) in Ahmedabad.
Lohri essentially marks the end of the winter season and the start of summer. During this time, the Sun begins its journey towards the North Hemisphere. It is harvest time for the farmers. So on the day of Lohri, farmers pray to the Sun God and seek his blessings. Special songs of Lohri are also sung on this day. Like any festive celebration, Lohri also sees special traditional dishes being prepared. Lohri marks the traditional welcome of longer and summer days, it commemorates the passing of the winter solstice.