Happy Lohri!

lohri-1-682x1024{Wearing a traditional Phulkari stole that I borrowed from my mom. Phulkari is a form of hand embroidery and art used to decorate clothing in Punjab}

lohri-pink-chai-style-1024x623Today 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!

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  1. Eileen Huster
    January 13, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    Lovely pictures! Happy Lohri! Can’t wait for Spring!

  2. January 14, 2014 / 10:51 am

    So beautiful! love those bright colours on you.
    Love learning about other cultures. Although, I don’t think Spring is very close in my neck of the woods. But I look forward to the celebration of it just the same.

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