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Lohri marks the culmination of winter, and is celebrated in Punjab and Haryana on the 13th day of January in the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. An extremely auspicious day, Lohri marks the sun's entry in to the 'Makar Rashi' (Northern Hemisphere). Lohri celebrates fertility and the spark of life. The countryside is dotted by bonfires, around which people gather to meet friends and relatives and sing folk songs. Children go from door to door singing and asking for the Lohri prasad.

Every year, on the eighth lunar day of the month of Asadha, the festival starts and continues for seven days at a stretch. The Kharchi festival has united the people of Tripura in the bond of fraternity.


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