“Sunder mundriye ho! Tera kaun vicaharaa ho!
Dullah bhatti walla ho! Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho! Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paatta ho! Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti! Zamindaar sudhaye!
Bade bhole aaye! Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya! Sipahee ne mari eet!
Sanoo de de lohri te teri jeeve jodi!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pit!”
This is a song that you will hear around a lot these days and if a friend/relative of yours just got married or had a baby boy in the house this year, you might want to memorise it and get ready to dance along too! As this song is followed by the customary tradition of offering ‘shagun/gift’ to the singer! (wink!)
WHY WE CELEBRATE LOHRI?
Living in an agricultural state, most of our festivals are gifts from our farming communities and so is this one. Apart from marking the end of peak winter, Lohri is traditionally associated with the harvest of rabi crops and thus also marks the financial new year for the farmers!
Flying colourful kites is what we all associate and look forward to doing on Lohri. Along with colouring the sky with beautiful kites, the night time is followed by the ritual of lighting a born fire. The warmth of the fire on a cold Lohri night has its own charm and looked forward to by one and all. The family members then take 7 rounds around the fire, throw in some chidwa, peanuts, rewri and popcorn in the fire and pray to the almighty for happiness and wealth and to burn away all the evil.
TRADITIONAL LOHRI FOOD MENU
Where to buy?
Ghuddo mal Nathu mal (Dandi swami), Lyallpur sweets (City side), Sitaram (College road)
Sarson da saag with make ki roti served with accompaniments like radish, jaggery, white butter, green onion and gal gal ka achaar
Til rice – Rice mixed with jaggery and sesame seeds
HOSTING CELEBRATIONS AT HOME?
Here are few great ways to serve the traditional LOHRI knick knacks if you are entertaining friends at home.
- Toy truck (available with road side vendors)
- Shot glasses
- Miniature kites
- Miniature chalk board (Label life, online shop)
HOW TO USE
- Fill up snacks in shot glasses and present in the toy truck.
- Make cones with doilies, fill up with snacks and place in shot glasses in a tray.
- Use a Chhajj with a cutout of punjabi dancers pasted behind and fill with popcorn etc.
Stay tuned to find all about kites in the coming week!