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couples celebrate Lohri in Shimla
Honeymoon couples celebrated Lohri festival by singing traditional songs and
dancing around bonfires. The popular festival of North India is celebrated on
January 13 every year. "The climate, the bonfire all the things are very exciting,"
said Ashish, a tourist from Mumbai. The occasion is considered good for the hotel
and tourism industry as large number of tourists pour in for the festivities.
"It is very good for tourism business. Celebrating Lohri in Shimla becomes a memorable
event for them. It attracts tourists," said Harnam Kukreja, president of Shimla
Hotels Association. For peasants, Lohri marks the beginning of a new financial
year because on this day they settle the division of products of the land between
themselves and the tillers. Eatables such as dry fruits, popcorn, sesame seed
and molasses are first thrown in the fire and later served to everyone. On the
occasion of this festival everyone puts on the best clothes. People also exchange
gifts and give sweets to each other to share the joyous moments of the festival.
-Jan 13, 2009