Lohri 2015


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Growing up in India, I was fortunate enough to celebrate so many different festivals. I have many beautiful, childhood memories attached with each of those festivals. It is not only difficult but impossible to pick up one favorite festival among all.



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Like any other Indian festival, Lohri is about celebrating family and friends. Lohri also happens to be the first festival of the year. Mid winter festival, or Bonfire festival or just Lohri, call it by any name, a very important fact about this festival is that it’s more of a community festival. I enjoy everything about Lohri. To me, it’s one more opportunity to celebrate the richness of Indian culture. Bonfires, gathering with family and friends, sweets, music, food and dance – a perfect recipe to enjoy a dark, winter night.



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Bhugga – a traditional Lohri sweet



I feel blessed due to the fact that I got to share the warmth of bonfire with family and friends this year. Like every year, there were quite a few lohri celebrations in the town. But this one caught my attention. It was organized by a group of four dynamic ladies, more popularly known as ‘Desi Divas’. It must be for their pure intentions and dedication for the welfare of Indian community, that we got to enjoy a bright, sunny and warm day in the middle of January, when everything is usually freezing outside. I thoroughly enjoyed the festivities and I’m glad we made the effort to drive there. Here are a few glimpses from the celebrations.


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The finer details always add a personal touch
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Perfect weather for kite flying

 

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With the gracious hostesses

 

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Merry making around bonfire

 

And here is the Folk song which everyone sings around the bonfire :

 

Lohri Folk Song:

Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullhe di tee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paata 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 itt!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pitt!
Sanoo de de Lohri, jeeve teri  jodi!

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