What: Lohri is a popular winter time Punjabi folk festival, celebrated primarily by Sikhs and Hindus from the Punjab region of India. The festival marks the end of winter season, and is a traditional welcome of longer days and sun’s journey to the northern hemisphere by Sikhs and Hindus in the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent. It is observed the night before Maghi, also known as the financial new year.
When: January 13th
Celebrations: Large bonfires are built on the day of Lohri; the bigger the better. On the day of the festival, as the sun sets, bonfires are lit with people singing and dancing to the tune of Lohri songs. Seasonal snacks like popcorn, rewari, peanuts and sugar cane all form an integral part of the celebration. Handfuls of these goodies also find their way into the fire, as a way to celebrate successful crops.
With Lohri being this weekend, we are sharing some fun ideas to celebrate it with your little ones.
1. Plant a garden
. What better way of celebrating the harvest season then planning your own harvest. Plant some seeds and watch your labor of love grow. Not only is the planting a fun activity, but so is caring for the plant!
2. Make mini tealight bonfires. If it’s too cold to go outside or you live in the city, make your own mini bonfires with tealight candles. Just for fun, roast some mini marshmallows on a toothpick… who can resist minis?!
3. Have a popcorn party! Popcorn, chikkis and brittles are popular foods around Lohri. Make some homemade popcorn, have everyone flavor it with their favorite toppings and enjoy an evening in.
4. Make a Lohri Bonfire Cake. Going to or hosting a Lohri party? Get your baking mitts on and bake a cake with your little ones and decorate it with candy shards and chocolate fingers to make a bonfire. Enjoy the sweetness with friends and family.
5. Make mini kites. Kites are flown on Lohri to celebrate the end of winter. Make your own kites at home with everyday supplies.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Lohri! Is there something special you do to celebrate with your family?