Festival of the Sun, Celebrating the Earth…
Lohri, Bhogi, Makar Sankranti, Magha, Bhogali Bihu, Khichri, Pongal – MUBARAQ
Please join us for chai followed by music by Children from different groups, Bidhan and Madan Gopal Singh
at 5.30 PM
14th January, 2008
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Teen Murthi Bhavan
Oneness of the sun and diversity of the earth…
Winter with its harsh climes and chilly nights begins to give way to what will be spring, as the sun shifts into the Northern skies – Uttarayan – and this is celebrated as
Lohri, Bhogi, Makar Sankranti, Magha, Bhogali Bihu, Khichri, Pongal.
Winter solstice marked variedly as the new year, Christmas, the night of Yelda/ Yalda celebrated across Iran, Syria Afghanistan all mark shift…of seasons…
…and seasons have to change, lets sing, celebrate what’s beautiful and change the seasons…
As we celebrate the change of seasons – we also share our fears and concerns about the imminent dangers of glimate change which threaten the very pattern of seasons .
As we celebrate the earth we also celebrate the farmer, the women and men who work with the earth, work tirelessly to make food available for every one and all who work with them, the artisan, the bulls, cattle and all living beings like the birds, bees who make agriculture and life itself possible.
We have a day with children in the morning playing games, learning astronomy, with plays, music all related to this festival…
In the evening we have music, a symbolic lohri fire, some desi traditional goodies and lots of bonhomie…
We have some presentations by children and youth groups
followed by Bidhan
Sufi and Folk by Madan Gopal Singh
Please do join us by 5.30 for chai followed by music
With deep regardss and warm wishes
(the) shanti shalom peace….(lady)!