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Posted at: Jan 12, 2018, 1:46 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2018, 1:46 AM (IST)

Peanuts, popcorns in demand

Peanuts, popcorns in demand
A roadside vendor busy popping corn in the city. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 11

With just one day left for Lohri, numerous stalls have been set up alongside roads selling peanuts, rewari, popcorn, chikki other Lohri special items across the city.

Lohri, marking the arrival of Makar Sankranti, is a popular folk festival in the northern parts of the country. Celebrated primarily by the Sikhs and Hindus, the festival witnesses people singing popular traditional folk songs. People also dance to the tunes of Punjabi numbers and drum beats.

On the occasion of Lohri, people light bonfires and throw popcorns,peanuts and other food items into the fire.

A packet of peanuts is available for Rs 50 to 120, while the price of special gajak ranges from Rs 80 to 180.

“This is the time we earn the most. The sale of special winter items happens only during this time,” said Sham Sunder, a vendor. Stacks of the popcorns, gajaks can be seen almost everywhere.

“The demand for these items gets lowerered after Lohri,” said a gajak vendor.

Navneet Sidhu, a schoolteacher, said, “My children love Lohri. They have a fascination for popcorn and kite. I will distribute these to homeless and beggers.”

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