Festivals are the soul of India. We celebrate many festivals every year and Lohri is one them. Lohri is the harvest festival and is celebrated to welcome the colourful spring season. It is also believed to be the last day of winter.
The celebrations of Lohri are marked with a blazing bonfire. We sing and dance to the beats of dhol around the ritualistic bonfire and enjoy the celebrations and the delicious feast. Unlike other traditional foods and sweets that go with festivals, Lohri is totally different and is, in fact, healthy, as people have peanuts, gajak, popcorn and Makki-ki-roti on this auspicious day. Here are few of their health benefits:
Peanuts are a rich source of manganese, folate and essential amino acids. It helps in regulating the blood sugar levels, improves the metabolism of the body and triggers the absorption of calcium in the body and promotes healthy joints. Pregnant women are suggested to have peanuts as it improves the folic acid levels in the body. Last but not the least the nutrients also help in reducing the bad cholesterol in the body and increases the good cholesterol.
Gajak is a sweet made up of jaggery and sesame seeds. It helps in:
1) Improving digestion
2) Cleanses the blood.
3) Eases joint pains and menstrual cramps.
4) Has anti-allergic properties
5) Is a rich source of iron.
Popcorn reminds us of movie halls. While coming to its nutritional value, it is a very rich source of fibre and has a very low calorific value. As a snack made up of whole grain, it is rich in anti-oxidants and helps in protecting the body against heart diseases and cancer.
This was all about the food we relish during Lohri, apart from this Lohri is also about gifting. You can greet your guests with a variety of dry fruits. Gifting dry fruits are regarded as gifting health. So, make the healthy festival even healthier by adding this healthy gift.
But anything in excess is not good for your health, though the delicacies we have on Lohri are healthy if we overeat them they are not going to do any good to your health. So, just don’t sit around the bonfire and warm your hands, get up and dance to the beat of dhol and burn the extra kgs you have added to your weight.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and a safe Lohri !!