Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy Lohri.. to all the girls!

It is easy to get up this morning and picture the sound of folk songs flowing through the villages.. at this very time.. some young girls are going from house to house, and some young boys are doing the same thing.. sometime this evening, they will gather around the ceremonial fire and celebrate their harvest....

One small request: If you have had a little girl in your house this year(or know anyone who has), please celebrate her first Lohri. In my beautiful, vibrant Punjab, the first Lohri after a male child in the family is celebrated with much fervour, but not the first Lohri after a girl child. That is soo not acceptable.

I leave you with the cutest reminder of Lohri.. the Lohri songs... Happy Lohri!

Lohri Girls Song
“Hulle nee maiyee hulle
do beri patte jhulle
do jhul payeaan kahjurran
khajurran suttya meva
es munde de ghar mangeva
es munde di voti nikdioh!
khandi choori, kutdi Kut! Kut!
Bharaya thaal woti bave nananaa nal
Ninaan te wadi parjaee
So kudma de ghar aayee!
Chant
mein lohri lain aayee!”

Translation:
“Two berry leaves are hanging
Two date leaves are also hanging
The tree shed the fruit
There’s an engagement in this boy’s house
This boy’s wife is short
She eats and grinds choori(a punjabi dish)
She grinds and grinds and fills the plate.
the wife sits with her sisters in law
Sister in law and the elder son’s wife
Are in their in-laws house
Chant
I have come to take my Lohri ”

Lohri Boys Song
(T h e 'ho's are in chorus)
Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicaharaa ho!
Dullah bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paatta ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti!
zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee pakad ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari eet!
Paheenve ro te phannve pit! ”
Sanoo de de lohri te teri jeeve jodi!

Translation
Oh nice ringing one!
Who do you have
The groom with the tandoor
The groom’s daughter got married
He gave 1 ser sugar!
The girl is wearing a red suit!
But her shawl is torn!
Who will stitch her shawl?!
The uncle made choori!
The landlords ate it!
He made the landlords eat a lot!
Lots of innocent guys came
One innocent boy got left behind
The police arrested him!
The policeman hit him with a brick!
Cry or howl!
Give us lohri ..long live your jodi!”

I got the songs here: http://www.lohrifestival.org/lohri-songs.html

26 comments:

~nm said...

A wonderful enjoyable Lohri to you too!!

Balvinder Singh said...

Hey!!! that's marvelous !!! Firstly the call for celebrating lohri for the girl child.
Secondly bringing back memories of those lohri songs with correct words. (in fact i have learnt some lines here today) In my child hood, we used to come down from shimla to visit my naani's village in jalandhar in winters and on the lohri evening i will invariably be pulled out by the boy's gang to join them in going around the village to ask for Lohri. You took me back to my nankey.
and lastly for excellent translation.
Hats off !!!
Happy Lohri

gaizabonts said...

It's called Bhogi around here. Started the day with ymmy Bajre-ki-roti. Happy Lohri!

Kiran said...

Mungfli di khushbu te Gurh di Mithaas,Makki di Roti te Sarso da Saag,Dil di khushi te aapneya da Pyar Mubarak Hove Tuhanu LOHRI Da Teyohaar

Id it is said...

That's an interesting tradition though a trifle discriminatory, wouldn't you agree? I wonder if the gender discrimination is still prevalent in celebrating Lohri...

Keshi said...

This is such a CUTE post! :)

Keshi.

Caitlin said...

Wonderful tradition!

SJ said...

Happy Lohri/ Pongal/Sankaranti to you

PARRY said...

Although I could not celebrate the lohri the way i should have but the post definitely brought bak the warmth of the fire and the singing and dancing that goes with it.
happy lohri to you.

Saadia said...

Oh, so that is what a Lohri is about! I was quite smitten by the song in Veer Zara but I didn't know what it was about!

maheshinder_singh said...

Excellent message conveyed. Girl child is a fairy, an angel coming to our homes bestowing all the happiness and love. When I look at my daughter, I feel a sense of pride. We celebrated her first Lohri way back in 1999. I suppose the society is changing for good.

zirelda said...

Too cool. :) I will go read the link. I want to know more about Lohri.

Mithe said...

Great! Great Translation..thanks for bringing us the true Punjab! HAPPY LOHRI

The Phosgene Kid said...

Sounds good right up to the getting hit with a brick part.

How do we know said...

Hi ~nm: Loved ur Lohri post.

Hi Balvinder: On Lohri morning, i realised that i dont remember the Lohri song for girls.. great to read your memories.. they always make up the best part of our lives..

Hi gaizabonts: Happy Bhogi to you too!

Hi Kiran: Tuhanu vi!

Hi Id it is: The gender discrimination exists in most places.. hence the need to write it pat here! :-)

How do we know said...

Hi Keshi and Caitlin: thanks!

Hi SJ: Happy Lohri to u too!

Hi Parry: And why could u not celebrate it the way you wanted to? Happy Lohri, belated!

Hi Saadia: Yep, its a harvest festival, second only to Baisakhi, which falls in April and is yet another harvest festival. How have u been?

Hi Mahesh: Thank you for your first comment here :-) Yes, the girl child is a lovely boon... and hopefully, things are changing for the better..

HI Zirelda: :-) do u like what you see?

How do we know said...

Hi MIthe: happy Lohri to you too.

HI Phos: There is some legend behind this apparently nonsensical song... but i dont quite know the legend too well.

Saadia said...

I'm well, thank you!

Punjab is full of life, isn't it!

Chiya said...

Happy Lohiri to you too.

I celebrated first lohiri of my daughter.

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my space said...

Hey Happy Lohri to you too. Have never heard any specific lohri songs..they are so cute..
As for girls yeah discrimination is rampant everywhere..

How do we know said...

HI Saadia: :-) so it is.

Hi Chiya: i wasnt sure if Lohri is a festival u celebrate, else i would hve called. :-)

Hi my space: Rampant everywhere... sadly, thats sooo true.

Mampi said...

We celebrated My daughter's Lohri 10 years back, we are proud to be among the first ones doing that.

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