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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Lohri Quiz | Festivals of India

1. Lohri is a popular Punjabi winter folk festival celebrated primarily in the Punjab region. Lohri falls in which month of Vikrami Calendar and falls on 13 January of the Gregorian calendar?

2. Lohri marks the end of winters and the onset of spring. Lohri is also linked to Winter Solstice. What is winter solstice means?
Longest day and the Longest night
Shortest day and the Shortest night
Shortest day and the Longest night
Longest day and the Shortest night
3. Lohri is linked to the Bikrami calendar, and is celebrated the day before the festival of _________ celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti.
4. The ancient significance of the festival is both as a winter crop season celebration and a remembrance of which God and the Lohri songs mention the God asking for heat and thanking him for his return?
Moon (Chandrma)
Fire (Agni)
Sun (Surya)
Water (Jal)
5. Few other legends explain the celebration of Lohri as a folk reverence for which god also known as goddess of Lohri?
Moon (Chandrma)
Fire (Agni)
Sun (Surya)
Water (Jal)
6. The central theme of many Lohri songs is the legend of _____________ who lived in Punjab during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. He was regarded as a hero in Punjab, for rescuing Hindu girls from being forcibly taken to be sold in slave market of the Middle East. Amongst those he saved were two girls Sundri & Mundri, who gradually became a theme of Punjab' folklore. As a part of Lohri celebrations, children go around homes singing the traditional folk songs of Lohri with this hero's name included. One person sings, while others end each line with a loud "Ho!" sung in unison. After the song ends, the adult of the home is expected to give snacks and money to the singing troupe of youngsters.
Dulla Bhatti
Heer Ranjha
Veer Zara
Baba Banda Bahadur
7. As per the Hindu solar calendar, Lohri falls in the Paush month, which is around January 13, as per the Gregorian calendar. At this point in time, the earth is _____________ to the sun.
None of the above
8. The bonfire symbolises Lord Agni, the God of Fire. That's why people offer various kinds of food items to the fire to seek blessings, prosperity and happiness from Lord Agni. Which of the following foods are fed to the fire as part of the harvest ritual?
Til (black sesame seeds) and Gajak
Gur (jaggery) and Peanuts
All of the above
9. The festival is a time to offer prayers to Mother _____, the _____God, the fire and the fields for prosperity, health, and a good harvest.
Earth, Moon
Fire, Sun
Earth, Sun
Ganga, Sun
10. The word Lohri is derived from two words til (sesame) and rorhi, which are traditionally eaten during the festival. The terms til and rorhi together used to sound like 'tilohri' earlier in history, gradually morphing into the term ‘Lohri’. What is rorhi?

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