Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Lohri!

The festival of Lohri is celebrated with great pomp in India on the 13th day of January. It's an auspicious day that marks the end of the winter season and the advent of the sun (which symbolizes knowledge, wisdom and prosperity.) Celebrations include bonfire gatherings in the night, popping of popcorn and puffed rice, traditional dinner, prayers, feasting on sweets made of jaggery, peanuts and sesame seeds, dancing and singing of traditional folk songs. The first Lohri of a newly married couple or newborn baby are particularly important. In India, Lohri is more than just a festival, it's a way of life! In the days leading up to Lohri, children visit homes of neighbours, sing traditional Lohri songs, and ask for coins and sweets in return.

'Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya'. May you always go towards the Light and never towards darkness.

Here's how our Lohri bonfire looked like...

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