Lohri is a popular festival observed in the region of Punjab and few other North Indian states. It is basically a harvest festival that marks the end of winters and the onset of spring. All the celebrations happens around a bonfire. People offer til (black sesame seeds), gajak, gur (jaggery), peanuts, popcorn and other treats into the fire as part of the harvest ritual.
Dressed in traditional attires people perform traditional dances like gidda and bhangra around the bonfire to the tunes of folk song, the beating of the dhol and nagadas.
The festive feast includes traditional food items like makkai di roti and sarson ka saag a combination that has it’s own fan base within the region as well as the whole country. For desserts they have pinniyan or ladoos that are made of whole wheat flour, ghee, nuts, sugar, sesame seeds etc. These are wholesome and rich in taste and texture.
Last year i.e in 2019, along with our host Divyam Suri (https://instagram.com/divyamsuri_), we had gone to Sidhuwal village in Patiala to celebrate Lohri with some of the locals. What followed was an evening full of song, dance, fun and great food. This video is about that fun filled heartwarming encounter with the warm and merry villagers. Happy viewing.
About the host - Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid culinary explorer who loves to travel and explore different cuisine primarily the street food, not just for the sake of gustatory pleasure but also for quenching his deep thirst for nurturing new cultural connections through the kaleidoscopic canvas of food. He believes that the vibrant and delectable street food tradition across the globe has the power to bring communities together and foster harmonious human existence.
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