The festival of Lohri was celebrated in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh with traditional fervour and gaiety on Sunday. Bonfires, an important part of the festivities, were lit as families danced to the tunes of famous festival songs like 'Sundar mundriye ho'. During the day, children and youngsters held kite-flying competitions at many places including Ludhiana, Mohali, and Jalandhar. The sky was dotted with multi-coloured kites like 'Tukkal', 'Chhaj', 'Pari' of different sizes and shapes carrying 'Happy Lohri' and 'Happy New Year' messages.
This time, the festival was also dedicated to the girl child at several places in Punjab by organising 'Dhiyan Di Lohri' to make people aware of the importance of girls. Traditionally, Lohri celebrates the onset of the harvest season in Punjab. Girls in traditional attire performed Gidha - a folk dance at many places. People distributed jaggery, peanuts, and popcorns- the three edibles associated with Lohri.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar greeted people on the occasion. "Wish you all a very #HappyLohri. May this auspicious festival bring peace and prosperity to your lives and those of your loved ones," Amarinder Singh tweeted. Khattar said, "Wishing everyone a very #HappyLohri. May this harvest season bring luck, prosperity, peace, and happiness to you and your family."