1. Lohri marks the end of winter on the last day of Paush and beginning of Magha which is exactly when the sun changes its course.

2. It is believed that the Lohri night is the coolest night of winters as it is also the longest night of the year and ironically it is also the shortest day of the year too!

3. Scholars believe that the origin of the Lohri can be traced back to the tale of Dulla Bhatti. And Dulla Bhatti is also the central character in most Lohri songs.

4. Another reason why the festival is important is that Punjabi farmers consider the day after Lohri as the financial New Year, which also holds immense importance to the Sikh community.

5. The reason why folk songs are sung on Lohri is to thank the Sun God and to seek his continued protection for the coming year. Apart from dancing and Gidda, kite flying on Lohri is also very popular.

6. There are multiple versions as to where the word ‘Lohri’ has derived its name. The first one being from Loi, who was the wife of Sant Kabir, for in rural Punjab Lohri is also pronounced as Lohi.

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