Posted by: Singh Is King | Sunday, January 13, 2008

What is Lohri?

Lohri is not a Sikh festival – What is Lohri?

It is an Indian festival of fire in which fire is worshipped. It is usually celebrated to commemorate the birth of a male child alone. It is not celebrated on the birth of a girl as she is not considered important. Thus, it cannot be a Sikh festival as it discriminates. Also, Sikhs do not worship fire.

Unfortunately, many misguided people do worship fire or Lohri because of its strong links to Punjabi culture. The birth of a daughter or son is equally joyous for Sikhs. The practise of giving sweets and celebrating Lohri only on the birth of a boy alone is a taboo for Sikhs and is entirely contrary to the Sikh way of life.

The Guru Granth Sahib Jee, the final Guru body of the Sikhs clearly states on Ang 605, “In all beings is He (Wahe Guru) himself pervasive, Himself pervades all forms Male and Female.” Guru Arjan, Ang 405, SGGS — Naam, the name of God is above all religious rituals, good deeds, or worship. Guru Nanak, Ang 3, SGGS — Those who are faithful do not follow empty religious rituals. Guru Nanak, Ang 75, SGGS — Pilgrimages, fasts, rituals, religious ceremonies or empty worship are all in vain. Salvation is achieved only by devoting worship to God. Guru Arjan, Ang 297, SGGS — Those who engage in empty rituals will never be free of the cycle of reincarnation. Guru Nanak, Ang 1332, SGGS — Many engaging in ceremonial rituals and mislead others. This lack of true understanding distants one from God and brings about suffering and pain. Lohri favors the male off spring and clearly discriminates against females.Hence it contributes to male preference and also to the already rising incidences of female infanticide. Punjab has earned the dubious distinction of “Kuri Maaran Da Desh” (a state of girl child killers).

“Infanticide has been practiced as a brutal method of family planning in societies where boy children are still valued, economically and socially, above girls.”Traditions can be healthy and give us a sense of stability and belonging in our communities and society. On the other hand, unhealthy traditions and rituals such as Rakhee, Lohri, Kurva Chauth, dowry etc… while may be acceptable to some cultures, they are not in concert with the Sikh way of life. Those traditions that glorify male gender preference or encourage female neglect and perpetuate the view of a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter as a liability are not in keeping with the Sikh teachings.

The Sikh Gurus encouraged women to be independent and share social and religious responsibilities rather than be subservient, docile or dependent.

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Responses

  1. That’s very true & I agree for that………Thanx for publishing this artical on this web.

  2. can u explain for me plz where holy gurbani mention that guru grath sahib ji is final body guru of sikhs,

    • SAB SIKHAN KO HUKAM HAI GURU MANYO GRANTH
      GURU GRANTH KO MANYO PARGAT GURU KI DEH

  3. there is not even single person in the history of human being who found god without dehdhari(living)guru,whosoever met god he/she got gurumantra (NAAM) from a living master.there is only one whom we should salute AAP MUKT ,MUKT KARE SANSAR NANAK TIS JAN KO SADA NAMASKAR that is only and only perfect master

  4. I am so greatfull for an informative written review on one part,where once again culture and religion do not mix,i am a sikh born and raised in England that is sick and tired of the conflict of tradition and religion.If our religion was formed to move away from hindu beliefs,then why are we still living and performing their traditons and rituals????
    The elders are all un educated on the religion they call their own,and are dissapointed when the younger generation fail to follow it the way they would like.
    it is so confusing and really annoys me,so thankyou for opening a few eyes,just wish we could reach a wider population of sikhs.

  5. I do not agree with some of the parts of this article especially the last para. Rakhi is the festival of brothers and sisters equally. Karva Chauth is the festival of ladies wishing for the long life of their partners. Lohri being celebrated for the harvest. These things have nothing to do with Sikh religion. The land of Punjab is most fertile in almost whole of the world and getting good harvest means more prosperity and the people have got the right to celebrate. Do not forget at that time it is very cold and bon fire helps the harmony among the different castes to sit together and enjoy

  6. It might not be a sikh festival but you cannot deny that, as you rightly point out, sikhs are called the infamous kudi-maars (girl child killers). If your gurus were so enlightened, why did they not make a female guru?? Does it reek of discrimination to you, why can’t females be gurus, are they inferior to men? Is this acceptable to Sikh way of life that you idolize only male gurus?

  7. I can understand why elements of Lohri may be seen as being against Sikhi (the discrimination of baby girls and rejoice of baby boys) but this is an element of Lohri which should be stricken when Sikhs celebrate Lohri. I had a baby a few months ago, a baby boy and we are having a Lohri party but I can guarentee i would be mutually rejoicing the birth of a baby girl and a few of my friends are having lohri parties for their daughters.

    It may not be ‘traditional’ to have Lohri for a daughter but it is important for those who wish to adapt these traditions to ensure it complies with their own religion, if only to avoid hypocrisy as well as enhance the sincerity of ones involvement in the partaking of Lohri.

    Rakhee is one tradition which will live on in my mind – yes the boy is giving the money to his sister to say he will always take care of her but equally, the girl is saying to her brother she will always be there for him. It is such a beautiful day and I do not know of any Sikh’s who do not celebrate it.

    Akram, Sikhs eat meat and drink alcohol – it doesn’t mean that the true followers of the faith approve, agree or partake. Sikhi is ultimately about faith.

  8. THE MEANING OF LOHRI POSTED IN THE ARTICLE IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG,THIS MAN HAS THE BOOKING KNOWGLEDGE OF SRI GGS JI,AND PAGE NUMBER TOO.UNFORTUNATELY HE IS A LAYMAN WHO HAS WRITTEN IT WITH HIS BRAIN .MY DEAR GO IN TO DEEP MEDITATION POWER AND SEARCH ITS MEANING DONT MAKE THE PEOPLE FOOL .LOHRI IS PROPERL RELATED TO PRAHLAD ALSO.IT SIMPLY SAYS TO DESTROY OUR BAD ACTS LIKE KAAM KRODH LOBH MOH AND AHAM AS A BIBHUTI IN TO THE FIRE OF NAAM.AND IF YOU DONT HAVE THE NAAM WHICH IS ONLY ONE AND ETERNAL PLEASE DONT SPEAK.NAAM IS ONLY ONE MENTIONED IN SRI GGS BUT ONLY A TRUE GURU CAN PROVIDE IF YOU HAVE PAST KARMAS,ANY QUESTION OR QUERY PLEASE CONTACT ME WITHOUT ANY HESITATION.I AM HERE TO PROVIDE YOU THE RIGHT PATH AS GURSIKH.
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  9. […] p/s: Googling found this interesting blog post on this very topic https://sikhsinkuwait.wordpress.com/2008/01/13/what-is-lohri/ […]

    • why shouldent sikhs celebrate lhori because i think you should.

  10. Many people are uneducated from india like the old generation and they come to canada and think that they can trat woman like shit it is wrong man and woman are equal and deserve to be treated with equal respect i do not beleive in lodhi it is wrong why kill a girl you do not beleive in god you are against his will by killing an inniocent himan girl and keeping boys that is sad people have to know that if there are no women well then there are no woman i do not like the way some people think it is sad we all came from a woman and if she was killed you or me or others would not be here sad culture to have male domance and mis treat woman they should stay in thrie own country and celebrte canadain holodays

    • The Indians can marry their sons to another son…as girls are not appreciated or killed. So how are more dam boys going to be born without the most important female ha ha

  11. loghi is wrong there are 2 boys and 1 girl in my family and we never celerbrate such a roude and stupid holiday it is discriminative toward females celebrate it in india where it actually comes from and where woman are not respected in canada we are all equel and the same even rackaru sucks it is all about the boy if women are so worried about having a gorl keep your dam legs shut and stop murdering girls because they will produce and men will not fuck this makes me sick people need to grow the hell up there should be somethign done in india about this treating woman like shit but woman are the ones that are shits when they kill an inniocne girl and keep boys when my sister was born we had a huge part at a hall and his is common in india they cry or kill girl they should remember that the ones thst kill are some ones girls too bull shit there has to be an end to this stupid ness

  12. people are full of theoretical talks.Tell me which common sikh does not pray for a son, female infanticide is practised most among this community members. I should know. I am a sikh

  13. In Punjab, the breadbasket of India, wheat is the main winter crop, which is sown in October and harvested in March or April. In January, the fields come up with the promise of a golden harvest, and farmers celebrate Lohri.

    Lohri falls in mid-January. The earth, farthest from the sun at this point of time, starts its journey towards the sun, thus ending the coldest month of the year.

    People celebrate first festival of their child whether its Lohri or Diwali but as half of the Indian families are male dominance so they link each festival with birth of a boy. There is no links between Lohri & boy/girl child. These customs are made by uneducated people but it has nothing to do with Lohri.

    The true significance of Lohri is what I have mentioned.

  14. There are some interesting socio-cultural and folk-legends connected with Lohri. According to the cultural history of Punjab, Bhatti, a Rajput tribe during the reign of Akbar, inhabited parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, and Gujarat (now in Pakistan). Dulla Bhatti, Raja of Pindi Bhattian, was put to death by the Mughal king for revolting against him. The tribal mirasis (street singers) trace the history of the tribe and interestingly, claim Maharaja Ranjit Singh as one of its scions.

    Dulla Bhatti, like Robin Hood, robbed the rich and gave to the poor. The people of the area loved and respected him. He once rescued a girl from kidnappers and adopted her as his daughter. His people would remember their hero every year on Lohri. Groups of children moved from door to door, singing the Dulla Bhatti folk-song: “Dulla Bhatti ho! Dulle ne dhi viyahi ho! Ser shakar pai ho!” (Dulla gave his daughter a kilo of sugar as a marriage gift).

    Lohri is essentially a festival dedicated to fire and the sun god. It is the time when the sun transits the zodiac sign Makar (Capricorn), and moves towards the north. In astrological terms, this is referred to as the sun becoming Uttarayan. The new configuration lessens the ferocity of winter, and brings warmth to earth. It is to ward off the bitter chill of the month of January that people light bonfires, dance around it in a mood of bonhomie and celebrate Lohri.

    Fire is associated with concepts of life and health. Fire, like water, is a symbol of transformation and regeneration. It is the representative of the sun, and is thus related, on the one hand with rays of light, and on the other with gold. It is capable of stimulating the growth of cornfields and the well being of man and animals. It is the imitative magic purporting to assure the supply of light and heat. It is also an image of energy and spiritual strength. That is why the Lohri fire gets sanctified and is venerated like a deity. On this occasion, people offer peanuts, popcorn and sweets made of til- chirva, gajak and revri – to propitiate fire as a symbol of the sun god.

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  16. Lohri is for losers….the baby boy comes out of a females vagina. ..so how is the boy more valued. Why are baby boys valued more than baby girls…..


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