Day 13:- Happy Lohri

Posted: January 13, 2015 in Bhangra, Blogathon, Bonfire, Celebrations, Festivals, Friends
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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 ..

Dulla Bhatti, 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 reminds me on 13th January, we would go around the neighbourhood, house to house… singing the Lohri song demanding some gift, People would give money or sweets… Money usually..Takes me back to the good old days as I call them when my grand-dad and my dad were alive. Daddy as I called my Grandfather, would give me the traditional 500Rs, which use to be a lot of money in those days. Wants were and needs were less, Enough to go have a chicken soup at Goldie’s roost and a meal at Shangrila the Chinese place.

I remember our neighbours, The house on the left an old lady lives, She would have a bowl full of sweets ready, I would 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, I miss them so much, don’t get all those wishes anymore from the heart.

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…

About 10 am it was time to go to college, as everyone would be there all my friends. meet up then the planning starts how to go about celebrating it, which usually started in the college canteen. In evening all of us would meet and visit every friends house , especially the girls 🙂 and the look on their faces seeing boys come to their house . In those days it was such a big deal if a boy talked with a girl or went to a girls house.

And since it is punjab, the visits always involved a few drinks here and there…

Then reach home, Dad always had a big BIG pile of wood… 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…

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

HAPPY LOHRI . and dont forget my LOHRI… ..

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Comments
  1. Sangeeta says:

    Happy Lohri to you!

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  2. greenboochi says:

    Happy Lohiri to you Bikram. Beautifully written!

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  3. Happy lohri bikram. 🙂

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  4. Deboshree says:

    I was about to drop by to wish you and then saw this post. A very happy Lohri Bikram! 🙂 😀

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  5. Happy Lohri 🙂 Good to read about all the fun you had when you were younger.

    Destination Infinity

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  6. simple girl says:

    You paint a very vibrant and happening picture of the lohri in those days..
    Beautifully put Bikram… 🙂

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  7. Rajlakshmi says:

    such beautiful childhood memories you have shared 🙂 Happy Lohri

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  8. Happy Lohri, Mr. B 🙂

    Times have changed, celebrations are not what they used to be :/

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  9. KP says:

    Happy Lohri.I have seen the celebrations,the dance around the bonfire with neighbours joining in and the mirth associated with it. We have Pongal its equivalent in Tamil nad

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  10. Happy Lohiri Bikram. I find festivals the best times to relive all the childhood memories of fun, it was always a special time when most of us enjoyed almost all the festival and people entertained kids as well. Have fun and happy lohiri to you and yours.

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  11. jaishvats says:

    I love bonfires…. I think the Halloween inventors borrowed the idea of collecting money and sweets from this festival….

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  12. Saritha says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram 🙂

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  13. Ashwini says:

    I think all these festivals mean so much to us because of the memories they bring of the wonderful times in our childhood 🙂

    Happy Lohri 🙂

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  14. Thank you for the colorful peek into your customs. Always a pleasure to know new festivals and anecdotes with it.
    Revadi is something I ate even as a child in Kolhapur. I used to have both fists full of the sticky delicacy. Happy Lohri!

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  15. ruchira says:

    happy lohri, B
    May the coming year bring you heaps of happiness, good company and laughter 🙂

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  16. Saru Singhal says:

    Happy Lohri. And this post reminds me of your earlier post where you shared ‘sunder mundariye’ 🙂

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  17. Happy Lohri to you tooo….

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  18. Khushboo says:

    Lohri is my favorite festival and I love exchanging sweets with the neighbors. We have this nice lady who makes this amazing mithai with sesame seeds and I always get the biggest share. Happy Lohri Bikramjit. Your post reminded me so many wonderful things 🙂

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  19. beloome says:

    It has been many years since I experienced a full-fledged Punjabi Lohri celebration. Your post made it come alive 🙂 Thanks for this. And Happy Lohri and Sankranti.

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  20. Deepika says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram… Down the memory lane reading this post 🙂
    Oh what fun!”Til sade. paap jale”.. After the traditions, my cousins and me would sit around the lohri fire and roast potatoes 🙂 The tradition became more dearer once we left our home town for studies.. we made it a point to reach home for Lohri!

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    • Bikramjit says:

      oh yes Til sade paap jale for sure , I put so many have done a lot of paap 🙂 and you reminded me of the potatoes yesssssssssssssssssssssss .. the sweet potatoes also .. and also the Green Cholle, and as you said those traiditons are so very dearer now that I am not home ..

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  21. B k chowla says:

    Bikram,A very happy Lohri

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  22. Bunty says:

    Happy Lohri

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  23. Happy Lohri to you, your family and all your readers. What wonderful memories you have stirred up my friends.
    God Bless.

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  24. Happy Lohri, though a bit belated wishes, Bikram! Be happy always!

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  25. Anita says:

    Happy Lohri, Bikram!
    Enjoy. 🙂 We celebrated Makar Sankranti on 14th 🙂

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  26. Happy Lohri Bikram…we in Bengal celebrate this harvest festival at the same time. It’s called “Nabanna” meaning ‘new grains’ 🙂

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  27. D says:

    o..good old days of celebrating festivals with friends and family. We would do simlar stuff on Diwali…fire crackers and then chat away till late in the night…now all that is like a dream…:)

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    • Bikramjit says:

      I know but I have made up my mind that each year I am going to try to celebrate One festival with family and friends back home in india… so lets see if i am able to keep that plan

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  28. Gaurav says:

    Happy Lohri Bikram!

    How are you brother?

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