BSF Jawans Celebrate Lohri At Poonch Camp In Jammu & Kashmir While Extending Wishes; Watch

72nd battalion of Border Security Force jawans celebrated Lohri at the Poonch camp on January 13. Scroll down to take a peek into their celebration.

Jiya Chulet

January 14, 2021

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72nd battalion of Border Security Force celebrated Lohri at the Poonch camp in Jammu & Kashmir, on January 13. The video, from the camp, is grabbing the headline as the soldier are seen dancing and performing all the rituals associated with the festivities of Lohri. One of the jawans extended Lohri wishes on behalf of all others while BSF personnel assured the people of the nation to celebrate the festival with enthusiasm as they were alert at the borders.

Talking about Lohri, it is celebrated across the nation on the night before Makar Sankranti, that is on January 13. Traditionally, Lohri celebrates the onset of the harvest season in Punjab. Meanwhile, women in traditional attire performed Gidha, a folk dance, at many places. Interestingly, numerous political and non–political organisations in Jammu & Kashmir organised functions to celebrate Lohri in which local residents, shopkeepers and party leaders participated. Reportedly, Jammu Diary and Himalayan Heritage Foundation also organized the Lohri festival and National Youth Day (Swami Vivekanand Jayanti) at the Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex. With these festivities, the organizers tried to teach masses about the heritage and cultural richness of Dogras.

There are numerous tales surrounding the origin of the Lohri festival. As per the tradition, after weeks of harvesting the Rabi crop, people would gather around a bonfire and celebrate the passing of the winter solstice and the promise of the coming spring season. On the other hand, the festival is also dedicated to the sun deity as on this day the devotees expect its returning after the cold winter days. People also distributed jaggery, peanuts, and popcorns, the three edibles associated with Lohri, among each other.

Apart from Jawans, a handful of Bollywood celebrities and politicians extended the wishes via social media. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, wished the countryman via a tweet. “Happy Lohri! We pray that there is joy and good health everywhere. May this special occasion further compassion and kindness all across”, read the tweet of PM. A separate tweet of PM was written in Punjabi. On the other hand, Taapsee Pannu, Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar, Manoj Bajpayee and Kajol, among many others, send out warm wishes to fans.

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