Baby’s First Lohri

The first year of having a baby is filled with numerous joyful occasions to celebrate! I am celebrating my third born’s first Lohri today and here are some photos of the food and decorations.


Baby's First Lohri Celebration

I dug out my traditional Punjabi fan (or Pakhi, as it is called) to create a centerpiece.

Lohri Centerpiece with a Hand-painted kettle and traditional Punjabi Pakhi (hand fan)
Lohri Centerpiece Decoration with a Hand-painted kettle and traditional Punjabi Pakhi (hand fan)

My prized hand-painted Kettle from ‘Rangrage‘ is perfect for such occasions. Together with the Pakhi and some stacked gifts (to be handed out to guests later), it creates a lovely centerpiece.

Colorful Kettle Centerpiece for Lohri
Adding more color to the decor with my Rangrage Hand-painted Kettle

For the bonfire tonight, here goes sesame, groundnuts and popped corn.

Lohri Thali Parshaad
Til, Popcorn, Groundnuts, Chikki – and some patriotic flair with a packet of tricolor ‘chiraunji’ we found on the street stalls selling Lohri stuff.

The traditional Lohri fare is on the dessert table for nibling away while we wait for the dinner. Gur or jaggery gives warmth to the body and is traditionally a part of many winter dishes. It is an inseparable part of Lohri fare too. Rewri, Gajak, gudpara, murmura laddoos…

Traditional Lohri Food Items - Rewri, Gazak and Jaggery Murmura Laddoos
Traditional Lohri Food Items – Rewri, Gazak and Jaggery Murmura Laddoos. Although the laddoos are not exactly traditional, they go well with the theme.

More popcorn, rewri and groundnuts to replenish throughout the evening.

Lohri food items in jars

Gajak takes a different form in the shape of rolls and looks rather lovely on the tiered stand methinks.

Gajak Rolls - Lohri food
Gajak/Gazak Rolls – I found a variation of the traditional Gajak for this Lohri. The ‘rolls’ make it look prettier on the display!

The winter favorite Gajar ka Halwa is also on the menu for tonight!

Gajar ka Halwa - Lohri Dessert
Gajar ka Halwa – The Ultimate Lohri Dessert!

Looking forward to the evening fun now. The kids love the bonfire and grown-ups enjoy a full-on Punjabi meal with close family and friends. All this to the beats of Jassi Gill’s ‘Bapu Zimidar‘ among other numbers, surely!