Name of Festival : Lohadi Festival
Time of celebration (Month)
Lohadi Festival is celebrated at the end of the month of Pausha (December-January).
Major Territory of Celebration
Lohadi Festival is celebrated in Himachal Pradesh, India
Lohadi festival is celebrated in every house in Himachal Pradesh. The rituals of Lohadi in Himachal Pradesh start a month before the actual festival.Every farmer sings songs and roams around the entire house of the village in the before month of this festival. This Lohadi song is called ‘Lohkadiyan‘.People welcome the singers and give them gifts of food grains.On the night of Lohadi Festival , some boys sing deer songs and some local boy disguises himself in the attire of a Deer, which is known as Harin.Thes Harin boys dances about while the other boys continue singing deer songs.The singing and dancing continues the whole night.Along with Bonfire is built outside the house and fed with jaggery, sesame, rice and radishes.On this day people cooked the Sweet and savoury delicacies known as Babru. Next day after Lohadi Festival (Makar Sankranti day) the girls sing songs of blessings known as ‘Rajde‘.In Lohadi, Himachal Pradesh farmers pray to God for the prosperity of their lands.