Thinking about celebrating Lohri but not sure where to start? Here a 6 simple and easy Lohri traditions to start with your family. Word of advice, don’t try to do all of them, just pick a few that work for you and your family!
Eat saag and makki di roti
Notice I didn’t say make saag and makki roti? I mean if you want to, then go all out! On the flip, if you don’t know how to, or you aren’t in the mood to cook, just order in from your favourite local desi joint.
Visit a local farm or farm stand/market, or purchase a local CSA box.
The idea is to help your kids and family appreciate and understand the work of farmers. Remember, Lohri is a harvest festival – a time to celebrate the soil and the food it gives us.
Roast smores over a coal BBQ or with candles
This is something I used to love doing with my kids when they were little. It’s was like our own mini bonfire, and definitely one of our favourite Lohri traditions. Maybe we should do it again this year….
Hack a box cake with Lohri flavours
Add a few shakes of sesame seeds and chopped roasted peanuts to a chocolate cake mix to celebrate the flavours of Lohri. If you want to take things up a notch, why not add a Lohri bonfire to the cake?
Watch a Punjabi movie
I know it sounds cheesy, but we watch Christmas movies as a family around the holidays. Now there aren’t really any ‘Lohri movies’, but a few Punjabi films the kids and I have enjoyed are – Sardarji, Jee Ayan Nu (Classic), Manje Bistre, Gudiyan Patole, and Jatt & Julliet
Tell the story of Dulla Bhatti
The legend of Dulla Bhatti (Rai Abdullah Khan Bhatti) is very popular in Punjab. Dulla is known as the Robin Hood of Punjab, and is immortalized in Punjabi folklore for saving many young women from slavery in the Mughal empire, and arranging marriages for them. He’s immortalized in the classic Lohri song “Sundari Mundari”
*Some stories about the origin of Lohri celebrations say that it started on the day that Dulla Bhatti arranged a marriage bonfire for one of the girls he rescued.
I hope you’ll take some time to read up on Lohri, talk to your parents about how they celebrated back home, and incorporate it into your family’s traditions too.
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