How To Celebrate Lohri With Kids

Lohri is a popular winter time Punjabi folk festival, celebrated primarily by Sikhs and Hindus from the Punjab region of India. The festival marks the end of winter season and a celebration of the crops, it is a traditional welcome of longer days and sun’s journey to the northern hemisphere by Sikhs and Hindus in the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent. It is observed the night before Maghi, also known as the financial new year. The festival falls on January 13th annually.

How to celebrate Lohri with kids

Large bonfires are built on the day of Lohri; the bigger the better. On the day of the festival, as the sun sets, bonfires are lit with people singing and dancing to the tune of Lohri songs. Seasonal snacks like popcorn, rewari, peanuts and sugar cane all form an integral part of the celebration. Handfuls of these goodies also find their way into the fire, as a way to celebrate successful crops. On Lohri new relationships are also recognized, new marriages and baby’s births are celebrated with great joy.
How to celebrate Lohri with kids
With Lohri being this weekend, we wanted to share how to celebrate Lohri with kids!

Read books. This book walks you through the festival of Lohri, why and how it is celebrated. A great visual read for young children. For families of the Sikh faith who want to dig deeper, the author also has books on what it means to be a Kaur and what it means to be a Singh.

How to celebrate Lohri with kids

Plant a garden. What better way of celebrating the harvest season then planning your own harvest. Plant some seeds and watch your labor of love grow.

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Make mini tealight bonfires. If it’s too cold to go outside or you live in the city, make your own mini bonfires with tealight candles. Just for fun, roast some mini marshmallows on a toothpick… who can resist minis?!

How to celebrate Lohri with kids

Have a popcorn party! Popcorn, chikkis and brittles are popular foods around Lohri. Make some homemade popcorn, have everyone flavor it with their favorite toppings and enjoy an evening in. Here are 12 Indian Inspired Popcorn flavors.

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Make a Lohri Bonfire Cupcakes. Going to or hosting a Lohri party? Get your baking mitts on and bake cupcakes with your little ones and decorate it with pretzels and candy shards to make a bonfire. Enjoy the sweetness with friends and family.

How to celebrate Lohri with kids

Make mini kites. Kites are flown on Lohri to celebrate the end of winter. Make your own kites at home with everyday supplies.

How to celebrate Lohri with kids

Visit your local Guruwara and look for local community events. Kids learn so much by doing, have themes the roar of festivities by participating in Lohri celebrations.Sarson ka Saag | Slow cooked mustard greens & spinach

Cook a full Lohri inspired menu and talk about the history of farmers and what they mean when it comes to the food on your table (you can touch on everything from planting to agriculture, expand according to your childs age). This saag, palak paneer and besan ke ladoo would all be great picks.

What are some ways you celebrate with your family?

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