Tomi and Mimi are celebrating Lohri in India
Tomi and Mimi are very excited, because they have come to celebrate the festival of Lohri. It is the festival of bonfires, peanut brittle, families gathering and good wishes.
Tomi and Mimi are in New Delhi, the capital of India. People are giving each other dried fruits, nuts and most of all nut brittle; nuts in caramel. People celebrate Lohri mostly in January on the last day of the cold winter. It is the beginning of the warmer days. You see, winter will be over soon. Now, the days will be longer so it won’t be so dark and cold anymore.
In the evening families or neighbors start a bonfire. Tomi and Mimi have a big bonfire in front of their house. There is music playing and people are going around the fire to throw corn kernels and popcorn in the fire. People are dancing to the rhythmic music of the drummers. They are eating Indian Naan bread baked in a fire oven outside. Everyone is having a great time.
This is the first time Tomi and Mimi celebrate Lohri. They love it very much. There is so much to see! The music makes Tomi and Mimi dance and the dried fruits are such delicious snacks. Also, their Dadi told them some people write down feelings on a piece of paper that they don’t want in their lives anymore, like sadness or pain. With Lohri they throw these pieces of papers in the bonfire. Seeing the fire burn their sad words makes it easier to start fresh and happy. A new sunny beginning.
Tomi and Mimi said they want to leave quarreling and crying behind in the bonfire. Instead, they want to play together and share their toys. How about starting with sharing the peanut brittle and dried fruits? Tomi and Mimi find that a good idea and start right away.
Happy Lohri everyone! Bye bye
Moms, dads and caretakers, you can find Tomi and Mimi also on Pinterest.