Phir aa gayi bhangre di vari,
lohri manaun d karo taiyari.
Agg de kol saare aao,
sundariye mundariye jor naal gao.
Amidst the freezing cold weather and the dense fog outside, everything seems stagnant. However, below the apparently frozen surface, MRIS Sector 14 celebrated the Lohri festival for their little bloomers along with their Nani and Dadi. To make the festival special our beloved Satya Bhalla Ma’am, the dadi ji of our bloomer, graced the occasion by her presence.
The splash pool area was converted into a small village of Punjab. All the teachers and the guests were dressed in Punjabi attire. They were welcomed with the beats of dhol and songs. As they settled the ritual bonfire was lit. The teachers sang Punjabi folklores and danced to its beats. The dadis and nanis could not stop themselves from dancing and singing. They all enthusiastically participated.
They also actively participated in various fun games organized for them They had to peel and eat the boiled sweet potato to win the game. Some tried to drink the chaas with the straw to be the winner. Tying he beautiful parandas, the treaded plait, made some of them the winners.
For children, it was the time of amusement and excitement. They enjoyed with their grannies. They all enjoyed the Prasad i.e. peanuts, rewari and pop corns.
It certainly taught our little ones the value of being the part of joint families and the importance of the elders in the family.
In other parts of India, Lohri almost coincides with the festivals of Pongal, Makar Sankranti, and Uttarayanall of which communicate the same message of oneness and celebrates the spirit of brotherhood, while thanking the Almighty for a bountiful life on earth.