A healthy admixture of traditional and modern could be witnessed in the city, as a number of social and educational institutions celecrated Lohri with great favour on Tuesday.
From 'Ishar Aaye Dalidar Jaye, Dalidar Di Jarr Chule Paye' -- a traditional song praising Dulha Bhatti - to latest pop numbers, everything was on offer on the day that marks the end of the winter season.
At Punjabi University, the students started their day by collecting wood for bonfire and called disk jockeys to celebrate the festival. The combination of traditional and latest tunes enthralled participants.
On the other side, the district administration led by deputy commissioner Varun Roojam also celebrated the festival at the administrative complex. A numbers of officials from various departments took part in the festival and prayed for communal harmony and sense of unity among the citizens. Roojam also motivated the officials to deliver their best services to the people.
Meanwhile, giving a loud message to stop female feoticide and to give equal rights to girls, all educational institutions in Patiala observed Dhiyan Di Lohri (lohri for daughters) on Tuesday. DAV Public school, Khalsa College, Government Girls College, Modi College, Mata Sahib Kaur Girl's College of Education were among the educational institutions which celebrated the festival on the theme.
Students in dressed in traditionally attire performed gidhha in several institutes.
After lighting the ritualistic bonfire, prayers were offered by the students, faculty and non teaching staff-members of the institutions. Principal of Khalsa College, Dharminder Singh Ubha, along with heads Chiranjiv Kaur, principal of government girls college and Khusvinder Kumar, principal of Modi college gave his wishes on the festival.
They also emphasised the need to end social evils against women and appealed the people to mark this festival for empowerment of women.