British Asia News Network
London: The festival of Lohri, to mark the first harvest of the year in India among the farming communities, was celebrated with much fun and grandeur in London and Edinburgh. The harvest festival and Sankranti is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs in India to mark the end of the winter and welcome the sun - that means so much to the Indian agrarian society.
In London, an event was organised at Anju Wadwa Narang's house in Acton, where Hindu and Punjabi families from different states gathered to sing Punjabi harvest songs, play the traditional dhol and celebrate with a bonfire and some scrumptious home cooked Indian traditional food. The traditional sarso da saag and makki ki roti was the star of the evening. MP Virendra Sharma was at the event to be a part of the celebrations.
The Voice of Dogra group also organised a Lohri party last evening at the Gymkhana Club.
In Edinburgh, the Lohri celebrations were organised at the Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre (EhMCC). The main sponsor for the event were Akash and Sam Batra for their daughter's first Lohri; but was open to all.
The event was marked by Dhol, DJ, bonfire, the traditional Punjabi dance Gidda, Bhangra and dinner for all. The event was well attended by Scottish Hindus from all Indian states. The sarson da saag and makki roti was also a super hit among the attendees.