Lohri is only a few days away and all of North India is looking forward to celebrating with more fun and enthusiasm than last year.
Amid the bonfire weather in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab, where the temperature fluctuates between 0 and 5 degrees, and in Shimla, Manali and Kashmir, where life is believed to be stagnant, there is surprisingly a noticeable surge of activity on the horizon.
Although the climate in northern India is quite unforgiving, it has not curtailed enthusiasm for this cultural festival season. While the south has already prepared for the preparations for Pongal and Makar Sankranti, the northern states are not lagging behind either. The people of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi are busy preparing for Lohri – the eagerly awaited bonfire festival.
Punjab, India’s bread basket with the largest wheat production in the country, is sown in October and harvested in March and April.
Since the field is decorated like a dulhan with a golden harvest in January, the farmers celebrate Lohri in a grand way before cutting off the harvested crops.
In mid-January, the earth is furthest from the sun, making it the coldest month of the year and known as Paush according to the Hindu calendar. The Makar Sankranti, which falls on January 14th, heralds the time of Uttarayan.
Customs and rituals
In the morning of Lohri, children in villages go door to door, sing Lohri songs and claim loot in the form of money and produce such as sesame, jaggery, peanuts and sweets including gajak, rewri, etc.
In the evening, huge bonfires are lit in the middle of a town in front of the fields and houses. People gather around the rising flame and throw puffed rice, popcorn and other nibbles into the fire while shouting loudly: “Aadar aye dilather jaye”, that is, may honor come and poverty disappear!
[Also Read: What To Wear On Lohri]
Just like Navratri and Diwali, my Lohri fashion brigade is back with a fabulous Lohri collection. Since the festival requires traditional clothing, the look for the day should be a short kurta with a patiala salwar.
Punjabi womens clothing made of patiala salwar with heavy / light dupatta is one of the most optimal comfortable ethnic clothing you can ever find among other festive collections. Let’s take a look at some of the best items available from our collection!
In contrast to the Navratri and Diwali collections, which are rich in ornamentation and elaborate crystal details, this time we have developed some extremely trendy pieces in lively colors and light but warm fabrics.
Now step into your best Punjabi avatar with this heavy dose of red paired with contrasting purples and blacks. Don’t let winter become an obstacle to your fashion statement, step out in this full-sleeved Patiala suit.
This is a gorgeous piece with white floral prints against red top. The dupatta is delivered in a matching print. To keep the vibrancy up, the sleeves and edges are flanked by neon colors of yellow and orange.
This is another fashion offering from our catalog with a traditional twist. This is a beautiful patiala suit that comes in soothing steel blue and purple. Be sure to add some of the purple elements to flaunt your fashion quotient. This is one of my favorite pieces from the catalog because it is intricately embroidered on the chest.
The Patiala together with Dupatta are accentuated with random motifs in a fluorescent shade together with orange. Well, you don’t have to suffer from freezing weather, you can pull on a knitted cardigan over it and add a chunky kada or omkar pendant to your look to keep the festive mood going.
Just like white, black can never go wrong when paired with pink. This is an ultra-chic patiala suit suitable for college girls, professionals, and even newlyweds. While the black kurti has modern elements such as a block design on the neck and chest with intricate gota work on the top, the patiala is satin pink with golden patchwork all over the body.
The dupatta is a matching pink and is flanked by neon green on the edge to give your look an edge. With full sleeves, you don’t have to wear heavy accessories on your hands; rather, a pair of chandelier earrings would work wonders. Don’t forget to wear the golden juti to complete your look.
This is a beautiful mint green and purple patiala suit piece. While the kurti is available in a subtle mint green with a full front print, the patiala is a purple color flanked by random gota patchwork. The neck is also decorated with floral motifs. All you need is to add Kundan earrings to your look.
I hope you enjoyed our collection. Let us know how you would like to celebrate your Lohri this year!