Over the weekend we celebrated Arjun’s first Lohri. Lohri is also known as the bonfire celebration. It’s a celebration for newlywed couples and newborns and lands on January 13th each year. For most celebrations you have all your family and friends over, have a feast and eat some yummy traditional Indian treats. You also light up a bonfire. Now in India this is much easier than here, where in most places you need a permit.
We used our fire pit for a brief 5 minutes and threw some rice and sesame seeds in it to mark the occasion. We also did this a few year back at my in-laws house when my nephew was born and the neighbours complained (a bunch of people singing and dancing around a fire seemed odd to them lol!)
We served Indian food and the traditional sweets which include rewri (a kind of sweet made of sugar and sesame seeds) and roasted peanuts. The part that was not so traditional was that usually you are supposed to eat a vegetarian meal, we served up some yummy chicken and traditionally no alcoholic drinks are supposed to be consumed – yeah the booze was a flowing. All in all, it was a wonderful evening, although Arjun slept through most of it!
Happy Lohri to you if you are newly married or recently had a baby!