Jamshedpur, Jan. 13 : Preparations are in full swing for the celebration of Makar Sankranti. In view of the festival, a large number of makeshift shops of goodies have been set up in different parts of the city. People are seen engaged in purchasing these items throughout the city. Apart from markets, the city hotels are also gearing up to celebrate occasion in their own unique way.
Meanwhile, Lohri festival, was celebrated with great pomp. It is consider important for newly wed and the new born babies as it marks fertility. At night people gathered around the bonfire and throw til, puffed rice and popcorns into the flames of the bonfire. People make merry by dancing and singing traditional folk songs.
Children attired in traditional dresses were seen busy visiting from door to door in their localities to say Lohri greetings and were given pleasantries and gifts in exchange. The entire city gave a festive look as there was huge rush on shops with people making purchasing of ground nuts, walnuts, rewdi, fruits etc.
In the evening people also lit bonfire in their respective house and performed Lohri celebrations in a traditional way. A special pooja was also performed by them on the occasion.
Likewise the day long Lohri celebrations were held in other parts of the city with people lighting bonfire at different chowks and lanes and extending Lohri greetings to people.
The traditional bonfire was lit as per religious rituals to mark the ending of winter and inmates offered prayers to Almighty for welfare of their families and hoping a better Spring session. Participants including jail staff and inmates enthusiastically and jovially participated in the activities of the programme including cultural programme to mark the auspicious occasion of Lohri. The programme concluded with disbursement of traditional Prasad, sweets and tea.