3 Things Thursday: Lohri with Kids

I know I say this every time a festival comes around, but Lohri really is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s very much a North Indian/Punjabi festival, and the loud and proud Punjaban in me can’t resist the urge to put on my patiala salwar, noisy jhanjar, and a pretty phulkari to get my balle-balle on. {I have no idea how to translate that last sentence into English!}

Lohri Decorations{My Lohri tablescape for this year}

There are many stories around the celebration of Lohri, but I’ve always celebrated it as the New Year for farmers. Last year’s harvest is celebrated on Lohri, and the new agricultural year starts for farmers on Maghi (the day after Lohri). Punjabi’s consider Lohri the last day of the year, and my mom always shares a proverb with us just before Lohri that goes; “poh ridhi, magh kadhi”, which translates into “cooked in Poh eaten in Magh”. Poh is the last month of the year and Magh is the first month of the year. Hence the tradition of cooking saag or raas kheer on Lohri and eating it the next day. It’s a way to take last year’s prosperity into the new year!

While I’m a big history geek and love knowing all the nuances of the festivals we celebrate, there are plenty of simple ways you can bring the fun of Lohri into your house and celebrate with your kids. Today I’m sharing three ways we celebrate Lohri with our kids that I think you could re-create in your home!

Lohri Cake Pink Chai Living

? The Lohri Cake
Every year I make a cake for Lohri. There is no traditional reference for this, it’s just a Pink Chai family tradition that the kids look forward to. This year I decided to take things up a notch from my regular cake from a box and make a campfire cake. There were quite a few posts online with versions of this cake, but I followed the steps from the Show of Roses blog to create mine.  

lohri party cake{I’m so in love with this cake!}lohri party cake

? Smores Bar
For obvious reasons, this part of the Lohri celebration is my kids favourite! We always eat a Punjabi meal (saag & makki di roti) on Lohri and then roast smores for dessert. Since a big part of the Lohri celebration back home is the bonfire, this tradition recreates it in little way. 

lohri smores barlohri smores bar

? Flavoured Popcorn
My kids love popcorn and would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I let them! This year I decided to bring some of the flavours of Lohri; til and gur (sesame seeds and jaggery) to the family dinner too (I’ll share the recipe for this popcorn tomorrow) but, you could easily set up a popcorn bar for your kids to create their own flavours if you don’t want to make caramel corn. Maybe set up some shakers with seasoning and let them go wild?

lohri popcornlohri popcorn

 

Like I always say, it doesn’t matter the method that you use to celebrate, just as long as you are recognizing the holidays and starting conversations with your kids! {If you need more ideas for talking your kids about culture, check out this video!}

Those are my 3 Things this week, and now it’s your turn! I’d love to read about the three things on your mind this week. It’s really easy to join in the fun; just grab the 3 Things Thursday badge, write a blog post, then link back to either one or all of hostesses; Raj (me) at Pink Chai Living, Salma at The Write Balance, or Nisha at Love Laugh Mirch and link up below. It’s super easy and it’s a fun way to meet new people, get new readers to your blog and just share what’s happening in your world this week!

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  1. salmadinani
    January 8, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    Wow, so many yummy treats!

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