As Punjabis celebrate the festival of Lohri, we talk to a few celebs to find out their plans and what the festival means to them
It is a very positive day for us. Though we don’t celebrate it in a big way in Mumbai, my family and I visit the gurudwara early in the morning. In the evenings, we attend the Lohri party held at the Army club. I remember Lohri used to be a big affair when my dad was posted in Delhi. We used to make a huge bonfire and dance around it. Plus, we had the usual sweets like rewri and gajak.
Lohri is one of the main festivals in Punjab, especially in the rural parts. It signifies the end of winter and start of the harvesting period. It is a festival that’s really close to my heart. I remember my childhood Lohris when people would gather around the bonfire, throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into the flames, sing popular songs and exchange greetings.
As the winters in the North are quite chilly, any fire is kind of welcome (laughs). The bonfire makes for a lethal party setting up in those places. The Lohri festivities in Chandigarh are quite memorable. My family and friends get together for some crazy revelry that’s accompanied by the dhol.
I am really looking forward to Lohri as my dad has come over from Punjab. We will deck up, light the bonfire and have a dinner party with a bit of dancing. We also distribute items like gajaks. I remember Lohri used to be a grand event in Punjab with all of my friends getting together for singing, dancing and partying. The first Lohri after my sister was born was a special one for the entire family.
Normally, if I am home I try to celebrate Lohri by calling a few friends over. However, the ritual of lighting the bonfire is followed irrespective of whether I am there or not. The family members circle around it and throw in puffed rice, popcorn and other munchies. Items like gajak and rewri are distributed after this ritual. Back home in Punjab, it’s a big festival when family and friends get together. We sing songs and enjoy a lavish dinner.