In most cultures across the world, the element of fire is an important one. While fire is capable of destruction and damage, it also represents a renewal, release and purification for many. Fire is also an important element in the celebration of Lohri.
I’ve always shared with you the more traditional elements of Lohri and the bonfire. Tossing sesames seeds and peanuts into the Lohri bonfire, celebrating around it with song and dance, and enjoying our favourite seasonal food while celebrating.
As we all gather around the Lohri bonfire for warmth, seldom do we think about using the majestic powers of the beloved Lohri bonfire for our own personal renewal, release and purification. While I’ve always thrown Lohri foods like sesame seeds and peanuts into the bonfire, this year I’ll be gifting the bonfire with something else, too.
This year, I’m going to give to the Lohri bonfire all that does not serve me. Whether it’s self-limiting beliefs, patterns that I am trying to unlearn, or the doubt and fear that holds me back from being my best self, I am going to give to the Lohri bonfire all that I do not wish to hold anymore. In doing so, I’m going to trust that the Lohri bonfire is helping me make space for all that is good for me.
Traditionally, Lohri is the time that the Earth first shows farmers that the seeds that they planted back during the autumn season are being taken care of. It’s when farmers are, for the most part, resting and waiting. It’s also the time that farmers will see that, while their hard work is paying off, they still must be patient and trust that they will bear the fruit of their labour soon.
Perhaps Lohri is also the time that we get to take stock of all the intentions we set at the end of the summer and well into the fall. Perhaps it’s also the first time that we get to look at ourselves and reflect on which of our seeds have started to germinate, which ones could use some more watering and care, and which ones we might have to try and re-plant.
This year, I’d like to honour Lohri by reflecting on which of my goals and intentions from the autumn have started to materialize for the upcoming spring. I’d like to honour the Lohri bonfire by honouring my own growth and honouring that just like nature has cycles, I, too, have cycles.