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The Lohri Festival is held in the capital city of Delhi in India. The Lohri Festival is a festival which has its link with the solar year. Usually it is an established fact that this festival is celebrated in order to worship fire. The Festival of Lohri in Delhi is mainly a happy occasion for the couples who celebrate Lohri for the first time after their marriage. The Lohri is also observed when a son is born in the family for the first time.

During the Lohri Festival in Delhi, children visit homes in the neighborhood and sing songs. The day on which Lohri is observed, begins with children gathering money from houses in the neighborhood. In the evening, various winter time spicy and good food items are served around a huge bonfire. The Lohri Festival is celebrated quite actively in Haryana, Punjab, and some parts of Himachal Pradesh. The Festival of Lohri in Delhi also means the beginning of the end of the winter months.

All the children in the locality go from door to door singing songs. These songs are sung in praise of Dulha Bhatti, who is a Punjabi adaptation of Robin Hood, who robbed the rich and helped the poor and needy people. These children visitors are given either money or bhuga, til, gachak, gur, moongphali and rewri. During the Delhi Lohri Festival a large bonfire is lit and everybody gathers around it. The food stuff collected from different houses are taken around the fire and then thrown into it.

According to geography, the Earth leans towards the Sun along the Tropic of Capricorn, or the Makara Rekha from the days which follows the Lohri Festival of Delhi. This is known as the Winter Solstice. The Earth is, at this point of time, farthest from the Sun, and starts its journey towards the Sun along its elliptical orbit. This announces the onset of spring season. This is the most awaited transition time which is celebrated as Lohri in northern India, Makara Sankranti in the central part of the country and as Pongal Sankranti in southern India.

Whichever name is given to the occasion, the Lohri Festival carries only one message – the courage of oneness and the union of brotherhood should reign in spite of all obstacles.