After New Year celebrations, the festive spirit of Lohri is catching on with residents. Besides the shining sun and clear sky have exhorted residents to step out for kite-flying, a tradition attached with this winter festival.
Like every year, city sky will don kites in different colours and sizes. But what are new are kites featuring images of politicians.
With Lok Sabha elections inching closer, kites sporting images of Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal, Bharatiya Janata Party's Narendra Modi and Congressman Rahul Gandhi, besides even Priyanka Gandhi, are in high demand. Majority of those coming to buy kites either for flying or decorating homes can be seen going for these kites. After political leaders, kites adorned with images of movie stars are also getting plenty of customers.
"When I went to buy kites in the market, I was amazed to see Arvind Kejriwal with a broom on it. This attracted me, as I am an AAP supporter," said Narinder Mehta, a city resident.
Another customer, Amrita, who is a student, said, "I decorate my home with colourful kites every Lohri. This year, besides the small and large kites, movie stars' kites will add to the decoration."
Jatin Kumar, owner of Jatin Gallery on Cemetery Road, said, "We had to reorder kites with faces of political party leaders, as the response for these kites was amazing. People of all ages are opting for their favourite leaders."
Clubs to dedicate Lohri to birth of girl child
City clubs are geared up to celebrate Lohri with full gusto, while dedicating the day to the girl child.
Lodhi Club will organise a function under the title, 'Hamari Betiyan, Hamara Gaurav'. Club's cultural secretary Pawan Garg said they would dedicate the festival to the girl child, and honour various women from the city, who had worked for society. Comedian Bhottu Shah would perform at the event.
Niharika Ladies Club will also celebrate Lohri for girls. The club has decided to dedicate this Lohri to acid attack victim Harpreet Kaur, who passed away a week ago. Sutlej Club has not decided on the celebrations, but its cultural secretary Ruchi Bawa said they always supported the girl child, adding that Lohri should be celebrated for both boys and girls.
Weather to remain clear on Lohri: PAU
In a good news for kite-flying enthusiasts, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has predicted that weather would remain clear in days leading to Lohri.
PAU assistant agrometeorologist Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill said there were no signs of rain in the coming days, adding that the weather would remain clear and sunny. Stating that though wind speed was not predictable, Gill said still it was expected that weather would not play spoilsport on Lohri.