The festival of Lohri

Lohri is a major North Indian festival, which to us non-farmers means the start of the decline of the winter season.

The first Lohri after marriage or after a newborn baby is cause of celebration: this includes family and friends in the evening, lighting a bonfire, eating rewri, peanuts, popcorn etc and singing Lohri ‘carols’. One of the carols is about a person called ‘Dulla’ who, in a Robin Hood fashion looted the landowners (zamindars) and distributed the loot among the poor.

Below a photograph of our very own bonfire (from yesterday evening), the first one I lit in my life:

Bonfire
Bonfire

Once we setup the pile of wood ready to light, the children playing around ‘damaged’ it. There after they tried to build it back with no luck, so we had to do it all over again. 🙂

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