The word Lohri comes from ‘Tilohri’ i.e. ‘til’ meaning sesame and ‘rorhi’ meaning jaggery/gur. Lohri is the celebration of the arrival of longer days after the winter solstice. The Lighting of the bonfire during this winter festival is an ancient tradition. The festival is celebrated by dedicating ‘til’ to fire as a ritual of offering to the Sun Deity.