Lucknow, Jan. 14 -- The Lohri bonfire brightened up the festive spirit at Gurudwara Naka Hindola on Wednesday.

Large number of people cutting across caste and community lines participated in the event organised by Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee on a cold night.

People offer puffed rice, munchies and popcorns to the fire God," said president of Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee Rajendra Singh Bagga.

"Lohri is a social festival and not a religious festival. The Punjabis celebrate this festival on the eve of Makar Sankranti. Lohri was earlier called Tilodi. The word is derived from the words Til (sesame seed) and Rhodi (jaggery) which became famous as Lohri over the time. .On this festival, fire is lit and people circle around ...