Jamshedpur, Jan 13: Lohri festival was celebrated in the city with great pomp on Wednesday. It is considered important for newly wed and the new born babies as it marks fertility. At night people gather around the bonfire and throw til, puffed rice and popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. People make merry by dancing and singing traditional folk songs.
Children attired in traditional dresses were seen busy visiting from door to door in their localities to say Lohri greetings and were given pleasantries and gifts in exchange. The entire city gave a festive look as there was a huge rush on shops with people making purchases of ground nuts, walnuts, rewdi, fruits etc.
In the evening people also lit bonfires in their respective houses and performed Lohri celebrations in a traditional way. A special pooja was also performed by them on the occasion.
Likewise the day long Lohri celebrations were held in other parts of the city with people lighting bonfires at different chowks and lanes and extending Lohri greetings to people.
The traditional bonfire was lit as per religious rituals to mark the ending of winter and inmates offered prayers to Almighty for welfare of their families and hoping for a better Spring session. The programme concluded with disbursement of traditional Prasad, sweets and tea. Lohri festival, which is celebrated with great pomp in north India is considered important for newly wed and the new born babies as it marks fertility. At night people gather around the bonfire and throw til, Puffed rice and popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. People make merry by dancing and singing traditional folk songs.
Several hotels are also celebrating Punjabi food festival. They would be serving welcome drinks, veg-non veg starters and exotic buffet dinner with live makki ki roti and sarson ka saag with hot kesaria milk and gajar ka halwa. For the starters they would be serving live Tandoori kukad (chicken) Amritsari paneer pakoda in Punjabi style.
Preparations are in full swing for the celebration of Makar Sankranti. In view of the festival, a large number of makeshift shops of goodies have been set up in different parts of the city. People are seen engaged in purchasing these items throughout the city. Apart from markets, the city hotels are also gearing up to celebrate occasion in their own unique way.