Lohri celebrated in city schools and colleges

Lohri was celebrated at Sat Paul Mittal School with a lot of exuberance and fanfare. The mood on the campus was upbeat and the students were totally absorbed in the festive spirit of Lohri.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: January 13, 2009 4:47 am

Lohri was celebrated at Sat Paul Mittal School with a lot of exuberance and fanfare. The mood on the campus was upbeat and the students were totally absorbed in the festive spirit of Lohri. The function started with speeches in English and Punjabi highlighting the importance of the festival of Lohri,which ushers in the cheerful spring season bidding adieu to the dull winter.

The students and teachers sang songs immersed in rich cultural folklore of Punjab. A kite-flying competition was also organised,which was throughly enjoyed by the students. Lt Col Dr DB Sharma greeted the Satyans and encouraged them to value their cultural heritage.

Today,in Bhartiya Vidya Mandir,Sector 39,the festivals of Lohri and Makarsakranti were celebrated with great pomp and show. All the students and teachers took part in the celebrations enthusiastically. The programme kicked off with “Lohri Poojan.” Principal Ranjit Kaur along with all other teachers worshipped ‘Dhooni’ and groundnuts and sweets were also distributed among the students. A colourful programme was held on this occasion,in which tiny tots of ‘Shishu Vatika’ presented poems and dances while ther students presented Punjabi ‘Boliyaan’,Punjabi folk songs,Lohri songs and poems.

Lohri is the harvest festival of Punjab,famously known as the bread-basket state of India. Thus,people residing in Punjab attach a great significance to Lohri,the festival of feasts and foods. This harvest festival is celebrated to mark both celebration and sharing.

Lohri festival prompts people to be thankful for God’s provisions and to celebrate his creations,its focus on farming.

Lohri was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School,Phase I,Dugri. The children had a gala time as they danced around the holy bonfire and offered their prayers for the prosperity of the nation.

The students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM),Kitchlu Nagar,on Monday were taken in by air of festivity during Lohri celebration. The day began by creating awareness among the students about the significance of the most-awaited Punjabi festival. The students showcased their talent in various activities. A sky touching fun with kite-flying filled everyone with joy,thrill and inspiration. Students of middle section gave a tone of sports to the day by various matches of basketball and volleyball being played between different sections. BVM principal Santosh Mehra congratulated all and dwelled on the importance of such festivals.

“Bhatti wale” arrived at Love Dale,just before the Lohri festival. The children came to Montessori,dressed in traditional folk costumes — the girls in lehngas and boys with loongi and pagri. They gave vent to the festival theme by singing folk songs and reciting ‘Bobyan.’ Some young artistes were also given chance to perform on the stage. Merry-making reached peak level when bonfire was lighted and nuts and gachak were distributed. In the end,the children had a gala time by flying kites.

The students and staff of Government College for Women celebrated Lohri on the college campus. The students,dressed in traditional attire,sang songs of Lohri and danced to the tune of folk songs.

All the students of Govt College got together and celebrated the festival of Lohri in the campus. For the first time the students tried to create a new adventurous atmosphere in the campus. Ramandeep Singh lighted the lamp to announce the beginning of the function while Jagdeep Singh advised the students to be friendly. The students performed western dances,sang tappe and songs of Lohri. Gurinderpal Singh sang a beautiful song and enthralled the audience. Robin Sharma,a famous student of the college won the hearts of students through his melodious voice. Talwinder Singh,Hardeep Singh,Chetan,Sikander Singh,Shaukat Ali and Harpreet Singh welcomed the guest of honor of this function,the famous Punjabi singer,“Inderjeet Nikku”. He sang his hit songs and songs of Lohri and made the students dance. The principal of the college,Malkit Singh encouraged the students to achieve success in their lives and fulfill their goals.

SDP College for Women also celebrated Lohri on Monday on the college campus with fervour. The girls,wearing traditional and modern costumes and decked up with traditional and modern jewellery gathered in the seminar hall of the college and presented gala dances,folk songs and traditional dances and songs associated with Lohri. The whole function was a scintillating bonanza of modern and traditional culture and heritage.

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