Today is Lohri. A festival that celebrates the winter solstice, new harvest, and babies born the year before, as well as newly weds. Celebrated mainly in Northern India, and with a whole lot of party power in Punjab (where my family originates from), it’s a festival close to my heart. I had the privilege of being in India for Lohri one year, it was phenomenal. Grand bonfires, dancing the night away, and good times with family and friends.
It’s traditional to eat peanuts, sesame seeds, and popcorn, and also offer them to the bonfire. We can’t host a giant bonfire in this rainy West Coast weather, but we will be having a little marshmallow roast with the kids to celebrate the occasion. If you celebrated Lohri, we wish you ‘badhai’! If you don’t celebrate, remember; Lohri means that spring is on it’s way, which is a reason to celebrate in itself. Happy day!