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Traditionally, a male born in the Indian community is seen as a blessing and they are treated like royalty with a huge party known as Lohri it is as big as a wedding reception. Lohri is a celebration of the first harvest of the year and the birth of a male between 0-1 is celebrated. The family will gather around a large bonfire in a circle known as parikrama and throw sesame seeds, puffed rice, popcorn and other munchies while shouting, “Aadar aye dilather jaye.” Meaning may honour come and poverty vanish. Essentiality blessing the family, the year’s crop and the newborn. Today, daughters get the lavished celebration.
After the completion of the parikrama, greetings and gifts are exchanged, followed by the distribution of prasad (offerings made to God) –consisting of sesame seeds (til), gajak, jiggery, peanuts, and popcorn.
A traditional dinner of makki-di-roti (multi-millet hand-rolled bread) and sarson-da-saag (cooked mustard herbs) are served around the bonfire.
“Where is the party tonight? Somewhere down the street! Where is the party tonight?” On the Farm Fields. The men start dancing Bhangra and continue into the wee hours of the night. While the women orbit the bonfire in a graceful dance of gidda.
From our family to yours we are wishing you Happy Lori. How do you celebrate Lohri with your family and friends?
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By Fatima Sumar
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