Well today is the beginning of week 3 of the 52 weeks we have this year in 2015. (http://www.epochconverter.com/date-and-time/weeknumbers-by-year.php)
I am still in a recharge mode.. It hasn’t quite dwelled on me the whole New Year thing and luckily no resolutions so no rush to achieve any goals. However intentionally or not, I have not been a social media kind of person lately, (which usually isn’t me) and to be honest I didn’t realize I haven’t posted anything in 2015 on fb and insta.. that makes it almost two weeks (lol) but thanks to a dear friend who sent me this yesterday. And makes me realize life goes on with or without a lot of things we take for granted on a daily basis.
Well thank God for thoughtful friends who miss your presence, even if it is not in person at least the whole idea of knowing that we are still alive and kicking makes a big difference. And thank you my dear friend, it means a lot to know I am thought of even if we don’t meet or talk. Out of sight is not always out of mind :-).
Having said that I wish everyone a very Happy Lohri today – and for those who are wondering what is this Happy Lohri all about – Check out my last year’s post Happy Lohri 2014.
Being a Punjabi, since childhood I remember we have always celebrated Lohri. Whether in a big way (that is by lighting of the fire outdoors) or just lighting a symbolic fire in the middle of the kitchen at home. My parents always made a point of teaching their children about our traditions and culture. More so because we don’t live in our own home country. Although been born and bought in Kuwait, this is home for me..
So what is Lohri?
Lohri is a very age old popular Punjabi festival, celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, particularly celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus. It falls on the same date every year Jan 13th. Lohri marks the winter solstice day, being the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It is about singing and dancing around the bonfire and going around it at least seven times. We throw shelled peanuts, til (sesame seeds), popcorn, gur (jaggery) and rorhi in the fire too.. It a lot of fun when surrounded by friends and family especially in winters, when we all can do with a bit of heat to keep us warm.
So here’s wishing every one of my origin and whoever celebrates Lohri.. A Very Happy Lit Warm Lohri.
I am so looking forward to the bonfire tonight.. (Which is the most important feature of Lohri, No Bonfire, No Lohri)
For more on Lohri: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohri