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Posted at: Jan 13, 2018, 12:09 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2018, 12:09 AM (IST)

Procession taken out ahead of Lohri

Procession taken out ahead of Lohri
Residents take part in a procession to celebrate Lohri in Jammu on Friday. Inderjeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Jammu, January 12

In its efforts to revive the disappearing Dogra cultural ethos, Team Jammu today organised an impressive Lohri procession to educate the younger generation about the age-old traditions.

The procession started from the Mubarak Mandi complex – the seat of erstwhile Dogra rulers — and culminated at the world famous Shri Raghunath Temple, before passing through different routes, including Chowk Chabutra, Jain Bazar, Link Road, Purani Mandi, Centre Basic School Road, Super Bazaar Market and City Chowk.

Various shopkeeper associations had set up stalls of water, juice, fruits and dry fruits on the route. People welcomed the procession, including Nat Manch artistes performing dandiya, with flower petals.

“As the Jammu region is facing ‘cultural aggression due to the anti-Dogra policies being propagated by the ruling class since 1947, Team Jammu has taken this initiative with the involvement of the youth, elderly and prominent people and representatives from all sections of the society,” said Zorawar Singh Jamwal, chairman, Team Jammu.

“We are facing identity crisis. It is high time for Dogras to wake up otherwise our culture and ethos will be a history,” he added.

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