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Lohri: A fun-filled music, culture and food festival

Ganne de Raas ton chinni di bori;
Fer bani uston mithi mithi reoeri;
Rel mil sare khaiye Til De naal;
Te maniye assi khushiyan bhari Lohri
Lohri is a festival especially celebrated by Hindu, Sikhs and Punjabis around the world on 13th January. At this time, farmers harvest the Rabi crop in the fields. Lohri brings a whole galore of festive sentiments with it since it also marks as thanksgiving for farmers. The youngsters in the family seek the blessings of elders in the family and everyone rejoice at the traditional customs followed. Lohri is special for everyone in the Punjabi households but it is specially celebrated in style if there is new couple or a newborn baby in the family. Since it celebrates fertility, first Lohri after marriage or birth is a special occasion and celebrated with pomp and show.

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Traditionally, Lohri was celebrated with songs, food, dance (especially bhangra and gidda) and music (especially dhol) in a traditional style. Lohri means good food, dance, and fun with friends and family. The music is especially important since there are many traditional special Lohri songs that have been sung for generations together. Today, along with these Desi songs, Bollywood music and DJ mixes are also part of the celebrations. But, Lohri songs are the very life of the whole celebration hence they are sung together with much vigor and excitement for all.

People simply love to dance to the tunes of the musical songs. “Dhol” is especially the main part of the overall festivity; the whole dancing is dependent on the rhythms of the Dhol. Many Bollywood movies have also depicted Lohri with special songs and choreography in traditional settings. People dance around the bonfire under the open skies marking the end of wintry colder months.

You can take inspiration from the Music list below for your Lohri celebration –

Traditional Songs

The traditional Punjabi songs for Lohri are fun and full of teasing. The most famous song celebrates the Robin Hood of Punjab – “Dullah Bhatti”

Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullah Bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paata ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
Bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari itt!
Sanoo de de Lohri, te teri jeeve jodi!

Other songs include

Dabba bharaya leera da
Ai ghar ameera da!!

It means – “A Box filled with old tattered cloth strips but this house is of the rich!”

Hukka bhai Hukkaa
Ai ghar bhukka

It means – Hukka! Oh! Hukka! This house is full of misers or is empty!

Bollywood Songs

1. Lo Aa Gayee Lohri Ve from Veer Zaara

2. Sona Sona- Major Saab

3. Balle Balle- Bride and Prejudice

4. Boliyaan- Aloo Chaat

5. Mauja Hi Mauja- Jab We Met

6. Sadi Gali- Tanu Weds Manu

7. London Thumakda- Queen

8. Sajh Dhaj Ke – Mausam

Punjabi Movie & Pop Songs

1. Massan Leya by Raj Ghumman

2. Pa de Lohri and sanu de Lohri folk song by Raj Ghumman

3. Hadippa by Mika Singh

4. Tutak Tutak Tutian – dhol factory

5. O jayegi Balle Balle by daler Mehndi

A Lohri party is incomplete without music, it has life and vibrancy in every word sung and every beat played on the dhol. The Lohri marks the fulfillment of the vows and traditions.

Wishing you a fun-filled, musical and happy Lohri!!

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