LOHRI…A SONG OF FIRE AND DANCE

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” IT IS ONLY WHEN THE WHOLE HEART IS GRIPPED WITH THE PASSION OF PRAYER THAT THE LIFE GIVING FIRE DESCENDS, FOR NONE BUT THE EARNEST MAN GETS ACCESS TO THE EAR OF GOD “

Fire energy is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion- of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is alive, potent, but often destructive. We all need the heat, passion, and life giving energy of the fire element. It is a powerful element that must be used in moderation.

Fire is the undying light and love of God – the eternal flame of love that burns within us all. And just as the sun does not extinguish itself at the close of the day, so too does the inner flame of our love never dwindle nor die.

THE FESTIVAL OF LOHRI

Lohri is the celebration of the arrival of longer days after the winter solstice. According to folklore, in ancient times Lohri was celebrated at the end of the traditional month when winter solstice occurs.It celebrates the days getting longer as the sun proceeds on its northward journey. The day after Lohri is celebrated as MaghiSangrand.

In its origins, Lohri is an ancient mid winter North Indian festival, in regions near the Himalayan mountains where winter is colder than the rest of the subcontinent. People traditionally lit bonfires in their yards after the weeks of the rabi season cropping work, socialized around the fire, sang and danced together as they marked the end of winter and the onset of longer days.

The ancient significance of the festival is both as a winter crop season celebration and a remembrance of the Sun deity (Surya). Lohri songs mention the Indian Sun god asking for heat and thanking him for his return. Another legend explains the celebration as a folk reverence for fire God (Agni).

Lohri coincides with the festivals of Pongal, Bhogali ,Bihu and Bhogi celebrated in different parts of India with similar practices in the same fervour.

Winter solstice festivals have also been incorporated into other festivals which are celebrated in various regions around the world. The festival of Yule is observed during Christmas celebrations whereby a log is burnt to commemorate the winter solstice.

The festival of Hogmanay is celebrated on new year’s day. The fire festival of Stonehaven in Scotland is the direct descendant of lighting winter solstice bonfires.Another event is observed every 11 January when the flaming Clavie (a barrel full of staves) is carried round in Burghead and is wedged on the Doorie Hill. When it is burnt out, people take the smouldering embers to bring good luck for the coming year.

with best wishes…..

Dr. Manupriya Mehra

Quantum Energy Healer

Relationship Counsellor

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