Lohri Festival

Posted: January 13, 2013 in Bhangra, Birthdays, Bonfire, Celebrations, Feast., Festivals, Friends, Memories, Mera Punjab
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The following song is sung as a tribute to Dulla Bhatti, he is the central character of most Lohri songs , He was regarded as a hero in Punjab as he besides robbing the rich, would rescue girls being forcibly taken to be sold in slave market during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. He would then arrange their marriages to boys of their religion with rituals and provide them with dowries. So every other Lohri song has words to express gratitude to Dulla Bhatti.

Lohri is celebrated as the Harvest festival in punjab, wheat is ripening and is turning golden.. soon it will be cut the grain taken and the farmer will take it to be sold for the rest of the nation to fill their bellies ..

Sunder mundriye Hoye Oh beautiful one like a ringlet one
Tera kaun wicahara hoye!

Dullah bhatti walla hoye

Dullahe ne dhee vyayae hoye!

Who will save you poor one (to a rescued girl)

Dullah Bhatti is here for you (He rescued the girls who were abandoned and rejected after kidnap!)

He married off his daughter (the rescued girls were adopted by him as his daughters)

Ser shakkar payee hoye!

Kudi da laal pachaka hoye!

Kudi da saalu paatta hoye!

Salu kaun samete!

He gave a measure (ser about a kilo)of sugar!

The girl is wearing bridal red dress!

But her shawl is torn (poor and soiled-girl has been raped?)!

Who will stitch her shawl(repair her reputation)?!

Mame choori kutti!

zamidara lutti!

Zamindaar sadaye!

The maternal uncle made sweet ghee bread (choori)! (maternal uncles were responsible to vouch for chastity of the girl)

The landlords ravished it (meaning the girl kidnapped by rich moghul landlords!)!

bade bhole aaye!

Ek bhola reh gaya!

Sipahee pakad ke lai gaya!

Sipahee ne mari eet!

Lots of innocent guys came (poor grooms)

One innocent boy got left behind (the poorest of poor!)

The soldiers arrested him! (Indicated that he was in collusion with Bhatti the rebel)

The soldiers hit him with a brick! (tortured him)

Sanoo de de lohri te teri jeeve jodi!

Pahenve ro te pahnnve pit! “

Give us lohri (gifts) ..long live you couple!

Cry or howl!

13th January Lohri day… I would have got up early… worn nice new clothes… met up with my friends and then house to house… singing the above song demanding some gift. We would get money or sweets… Money usually…Imagine the beat of the DHOL… with a group of people singing the above song, the bhangra included…

The house that gave money was blessed by US by

“Dabba bharaya leera da”
“Ai ghar ameera da”

The house that did not got

“Hukka bhai Hukkaa”
“Ai ghar bhukka”

My grandfather would give me the traditional 500Rs and my sisters 500Rs, and my sister would always give her share to me… so I would have a 1000 to start with… the other one is a miser and doesn’t love me that much ch ch ch ch 😦 So she keeps her money.

My dad is a miser he would not give :), mum would give though depending on how much she has… I bet if mum was not at home a lot of the above Hukka bhai hukka was sung in front of our house he he he … I am just kidding

Then neighbours, The house on the left an old lady lives, She would have a bowl full of sweets ready, I will go and ring her bell, she would say “KHULA HAI” (its open).. Then a crisp 100Rs note and a bowl of sweets and TONS AND TONS OF WISHES, blessings…

The neighbours on the right now this is a tussle, because they have two sons, a year younger than me , the tussle is no one wants to go first because its POLITICS .. Yes … religion main bhi POLITICS hai (even religion has politics)… look the ones who go first will get money so the other set of parents will have to match it… So it’s always hoping they go first so we can tell my dad to give bit more to them… hence we get the same when we go to their house… Yeah you see POLITICS works everywhere 🙂

The house right opposite us, were one of those misers too, hardly saw lights on in that house, I think the owners were in states, only a caretaker was there.. So nothing from there…

By then it would be college time, oh yes holiday-no holiday, festival – no festival, College is a must… and why not cause everyone in the group will be there so meeting up time, meet up then the planning starts how to go about celebrating it, first sukhi’s , then vikrams, then mine and so on.. Evening comes we go for a gedi first in different parts of the city people have organized things, visit them have some fun… a few drinks here and there… Then reach home, Dad always had a big BIG pile of wood… (On second thoughts I think that’s why he did not give money he is saving all that to buy all this wood, or ordering the poor maali (gardener) to break some from the trees 🙂 ah well Now I know )

Lit the fire, have the dholi beat the dhol… dance around the fire eat the sweets The gachaks, Rewadi’s , nuts , next door neighbours would come a few other friends make a night out of it .. Dancing- singing … then once exhausted just sit around the fire till late in night just chatting…

Oh Sunder mundriye hoye!
Tera kaun wicahara hoye!
Dullah bhatti walla hoye!
Dullahe di dhee vyayae hoye!
Ser shakkar payee hoye!

HAPPY LOHRI EVERYONE…. Have a blast .. EAT – DRINK and BE MERRY… Enjoy

HAPPY LOHRI . and dont forget my LOHRI… ..

Ps:- This is a repost with a few changes.

  1. Say Cheese says:

    Happy Lohri to you too. 🙂


  2. We have a similar harvest festival down south here called Pongal. I guess harvest festival is common to India and we know them by different names. In the cities we did not celebrated this much, except for the holidays and the nice programs on TV. I bet they will celebrate it with a bang in villages 🙂

    Destination Infinity


    • I guess each state has their own festival just different names .. and yes tonight in our village people will be rejoicing and spreading the cheer .. my friends will be dancing to the beat of the dhol and someone will get drunk and they will then start with the norm, calling me and swearing at me and shouting at me for being in UK 🙂


  3. anita menon says:

    happy Lohri. thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life and what this festival means to you.


  4. Punam J R says:

    Lucky you, Bikram…
    Happy Lohri


  5. Bindu says:

    What beautiful traditions! And such sweet memories!
    On such occasions appear here in your traditional attires… 🙂


  6. Tanishka says:

    Happy lohri…. 🙂


  7. Swaram says:

    Happy Lohri Bik 🙂 And what Lohri do u want? 😉


    • Happy Lohri to you toooo and what i want , yessssssss thank you for asking .. I want Moongfully (monkey nuts) , Rewardi’s , Gachaks and friends to dance around the bon fire 🙂 thats it .. I hope i have not asked for toooo much 🙂


  8. janu says:

    Happy Lohri Bikramjit….nice memories here.


  9. You brought tears to my eyes. Pind di lohri chandigarh wich kithhe! kiven gha-ghar jaa ke lohri mangi di hundi si. Gur di bheli vi bahut hundi si.

    Thanks for this wonderful post! A very happy Lohri to you and your family.


    • Haanji very true , oh gallan kithe hun.. and raat nu saron da saag te makki di roti .. te fer Kheer for dessert .. Gud waali gachak.. Good old days .. Thank you so much for the lovely comment .. how is chandigarh did you go to any bonfires were the Dhols being heard


      • odyzz says:

        Dhol di thaap te Bhangra paon nu jee karda…til mungfalli gud di mithas ik duje di jholi vich paaiye ,nachiye ,gaaiye,khushiyan manaaiye…tuhanu lohri di lakh lakh vadhai … :)( sorry for the late wishes ,internet problem)


      • Meenakshi says:

        No, Sir, bonefire wali Lohri te nahin, haan city mall wali lohri zaroor attend kitti, Just a get together over dinner minus bonfire, songs, Yes we did follow the ritual at home, circling bonefire, offering phulian, rewari. Dhol wale taan gha-ghar jaande hi ne lohri mangan, That’s the only symbol of lohri that survives.

        Hope you had a blasting lohri.


  10. dilipnaidu says:


    Let this Lohri be your best,
    Be jolly, dance and enjoy,
    Forget the rest,
    Happy Lohri


  11. Happy Lohri Bikram !


  12. privytrifles says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram… lovely post. Touching and took me to a place I always want to be 🙂

    Hopefully someday soon I will be there, basking in all the colours of love and laughter that will surround me there ❤


  13. Jazz says:

    Wow happy happy Lohri to you and your family Bikram. This is also Sankranti and Pongal, right. Though we don’t celebrate them, love the sweets. 🙂


  14. chattywren says:

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Lohri, Bikramjit! Enjoyed reading your post!


  15. anisnest says:

    We call it as Bogi.. Happy Lohri Bikram..


  16. ladynimue says:

    happy lohri ! hope u had a good time 🙂


  17. R-A-J says:

    happy Lohri my dear friend 🙂


  18. Happy Lohri, Bikram! Will come back later to read and comment again!


  19. Happy Lohri, Bikram. Wishing you unending peace, prosperity and happiness.


  20. Happy Lohri Bikram. Have loads of revadi :).


  21. The Fool says:

    Very interesting read. Liked knowing about how the festival is celebrated in Punjab. And nice to know about Dullah Batti. Wish you a very happy Lohri.


  22. Happy Lohri, Bikram!!!


  23. jennyshetty says:

    Oh wow, the festival of harvest is here! and here’s wshings you loads and loads of Lohri and sweets!!! The song is beautiful and thank you for the translation , and my you had a sweet sister. giving you your money like that 🙂 🙂


  24. Ruchira says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram 😛 Did you have yoru saag and makki ki roti ?


  25. garima says:

    Happy lohri to you too..I dint the story of rescuing the girls,heard it for the first time.Thanks for the information.


  26. purbaray says:

    Lohri di apko lakh lakh vadhayian.


  27. Aabha Midha says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram 🙂


  28. Smita says:

    Happy Lohri 🙂

    And u guys are a riot!


  29. Aapnu Lohri Diyan Lakh Lakh Vadhaiyaan Hove ji…!!

    we celebrate it as Shankranti- the harvest festival it is here too….and we give each other sesame and jaggery and say “TIL GUD GHYA GOAD GOAD BOLA” have this mixture of sesame and jaggery and speak sweetly always…


  30. shail says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram 🙂


  31. Deboshree says:

    Wow! What a super Lohri post, Bikram! 😀 I missed being in Delhi yesterday. We would have bonfires and lots of good food. Pune is too hot for a bonfire.
    Hope you had a wonderful day and may the festivities go on!


  32. summerscript says:

    Happy Lohri!! Thanks for sharing the info, it was nice to read it.
    I just had sweet pongal, feeling full. How was your day?


  33. Happpy Lohri! Hope you had a great time 🙂 I did!


  34. Bk chowla says:

    Bikram,Happy LOHRI to you and your family with our best wishes


  35. ZEAL says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram !..Love ya..


  36. Sapna says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram. Dullah bhatti is a worthy hero me thinks 🙂


  37. Zephyr says:

    Sorry am late to wish you, but hope you had a great time. I could just imagine the boys going from house to house and collecting the loot blessing or cursing as the case may be. Our own form of Halloween, would you say, Bikram? The yearning for vatan ki mitti is strong in this post!


  38. Ashwini C N says:

    You din have holidays during these festivals? In fact we have just one day holiday here while schools and colleges have 3 days holiday. Was missing those days. Anyways Happy Lohri 😉


  39. Its nice to know the story behind the festival..Hope you had a good one….


  40. Anu says:

    Happy Lohri Bikk!


  41. Happy Lohri. Thanks for letting us know how it is celebrated in Punjab.


  42. latha says:

    Ohh I am here…but awwwwww……such a sweet post with the scent of home punching directly into the nostrils 🙂 Just loved reading it..thank you for telling us about Dulla Bhatti..never knew about him….and your other sister not lending you money..I just roflll….oh Happy Lohri, first of all..
    I missed home too…I miss home only on certain occasions. And today I did..for Sankranthi, I would put bigger and bigger rangolis each day and on the festival day, wear new clothes and go to all the relatives places in the colony to show off :P..I was really missing it today..


  43. Jas says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram… 🙂


  44. Jacqueline says:

    Happy Lohri to you too…..


  45. happy lohri veer ji .. oh this post reminded me of the days when we used to cram this song during lohri festivities !


  46. chipmunk says:

    first time hearing this word and the event 🙂 Laughed hell out of it for this statement 😀 My dad is a miser 🙂 🙂 I don’t know why but i laughed 🙂 🙂 may be the same nature as my dad 🙂 🙂


  47. jahid akhtar says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram!


  48. Bhavia says:

    Dhum dhum luck luck,Dhum dhum luck luck,Dhum dhum luck luck, luck luck..
    Did you dance? Happy Lohri Bikrambhai 🙂


    • I always dance, anything and everything is time for a Dance a little jiggle, put ur hand up and try to put the bulb to the socket 🙂 or try to ring the temple bell easy peasy he he he he

      Thank you so much bhavia ,, how are you doing ..


  49. metherebel says:

    Sounds so much fun 🙂


  50. This is what happens when i dont get time to read posts on my reader regularly 😦
    This looks like Lohri has a lot of happy memories for you too…


  51. Ashwathy says:

    Happy lohri !! 🙂 (belated 😛 )

    Thanks to you I keep getting regular updates on Punjabi culture! 😉


  52. indrani says:

    Happy Lohri!
    Nice little dictionary there. 🙂


  53. Sach mein kitna mazza aata tha. We used to get 10 rupees from everyone. Even I was wondering I have read this post somewhere.


  54. Yuvika says:

    another lohri song i remember – de maai lohi, jeeye teri jodi!!!
    ‘lohri di badhaaiyaan!


  55. Comfy says:

    You missed the best part about ‘Sunder mundriye hoye’..Lodhi do Lodhi!
    So where is my Lodhi?
    Wish you a wonderful Lodhi 🙂


  56. inducares says:

    Lohri has gone & so have these golden traditions.I feel like crying for the old days.It was different for me in New Delhi; but nowhere as forlorn as here.I only knew the song till ser shakkar payi–thanks for giving me the whole background.
    Times change Bikramjit, but in a corner of our hearts old memories live & nourish & also pain us.


  57. renu says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram!


  58. techie2mom says:

    Happy Lohri…Hope you had fun…


  59. Rahul says:

    Happy Lohri, Bikram!! That song brings back a lot of memories:)


  60. Sakshi says:

    lohri di aan lakh lakh wadiyaan 🙂


  61. jaishvats says:

    Thats something new to me Bikram… Happy Celebrating 🙂


  62. soumyav says:

    Belated Lohri wishes for you! Lovely post, brought the memories of India back!


  63. Ria says:

    Loved the translation. 🙂


  64. Valli says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram 🙂 🙂 Belated wishes…


  65. Sia says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram..Hope you had good fun :)..We celebrate Pongal and that’s a harvest festival too! I think every state has it around this time 🙂


  66. Panchali says:


    …though belated, but…tusi bhi Lohri khushian naal manao.

    Our Bengali harvest celebration is also usually celebrated with food and dance and music. It’s a festival of food; many local preparations of Bengali cuisine like pithe are cooked and offered.during this time of the year….:)


  67. MomWithaDot says:

    Seems like a LOT of fun!! Yeah we miss all that stuff abroad huh? Nevertheless, thank you for describing it so well that it felt like I was right there, watching you guys do masti! 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Lohri this year too 😀 😀


  68. sm says:

    Happy Lohri to you and your family


  69. pixie says:

    Belated Lohri wishes to you and your family!! 🙂


  70. ramananth says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram, must have had lots of fun, even though you are away from your homeland. Sorry for the late wishes, but I am sure everyday can be Lohri, for us. So the year has already started off with one festival or other, and would go on till we come to the next year, and start all over again. That is India full of fun and celebrations all the time.


  71. Amit Agarwal says:

    Lohri di lakh-lakh badhaaian Praa ji 🙂 🙂


  72. Sapna says:


    I was not aware of Dulla bhatti but fully aware of the song, a very nice post.
    Belated Happy lohri to you and to loved ones.



  73. Es Chris says:

    Wow, we seem to be having our own North Indian Robin Hood. 🙂

    Interestingly, all regions of India seem to be having festivities , at this time of the year.

    Happy lohri, bikram.


  74. Shilpa Garg says:

    Belated Lohri wishes, Bikram! Hope you had a good one! 🙂


  75. Meera says:

    Lohridiyaan lakh lakh vadhaayiaan. After reading all about your Lohri, now I want to go celebrate it with your family. 🙂


  76. Hi Bikramjit,i follow your blog but i do not get your updates in my reader or mail–why is this happening/


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