Lohari - The Maghi Day

Lohari - The Maghi DayThe next day of Lohri is known as Maghi, a day that signifies the beginning of the month of Magh. This is an auspicious day to take holy dip and give away charity. Kheer is prepared in sugar cane juice to mark the day. Maghi, also known as Makara Sankranti, is the first day of the month of Magh. In the morning, people go out for an early-hour dip in nearby tanks. For Sikhs, Maghi means primarily the festival at Muktsar, a district town of the Punjab, in commemoration of the heroic fight of the Chali Mukte, literally, the Forty Liberated Ones, who laid down their lives warding off an attack by an imperial army marching in pursuit of Guru Gobind Singh.
Maghi is celebrated with end-to-end recital of the Guru Granth Sahib and religious divans in almost all gurdwaras.
The largest assembly takes place at Muktsar in the form of a big fair during which pilgrims take a dip in the sacred sarovar and visit several shrines connected with the historic battle. Sikhs visit gurdwaras and listen to kirtan on this day to commemorate the martyrdom of the Forty Immortals.

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