As the festival of Lohri was celebrated throughout Chandigarh on 13th Jan, 2015, residents were hoping to get some relief from the extreme cold conditions prevailing in the city. According to the Punjabi tradition, it is believed that the festival of Lohri takes away the cold and days start getting warm. But this does not seem to be the case in Chandigarh for the year 2015. In fact the cold wave has intensified post Lohri.
It rained in Chandigarh just the next day of Lohri and the minimum temperature in the city was further dropped by 2 degrees. It started to rain at about 2:00 AM at night and the rain continued till 8:00 AM in the morning. Residents woke up to icy cold winds and wet roads.
The MET department had earlier said that rain might dampen the spirit of Lohri celebrations in Chandigarh. But, fortunately it did not rain at night when Chandigarhians were celebrating around the bonfire.
The winters in Chandigarh for the season of 2014-2015 have been in news constantly. Here are 2 big news stories when the temperature in Chandigarh was less than Shimla in Himachal and even less than Srinagar in J&K. These news stories had made ripples on social media.
Even post Lohri, the cold conditions in Chandigarh may not subside easily. Residents are advised to take care of their health and save themselves from cold.