Though a nice-looking fella, it definitely has a fetish for 2s. On the other hand, maybe that extra ‘2’ would give it more power than its friend 2021, who had quite a tough time fighting the modern viruses.
Well then, gentlemen, and not-so-gentle men, here’s a toast to the “power of 2.”
Welcome, stranger, AKA New Year 2022. I hope your bags are loaded with peace and health.
Bang! Bang! Bang
ਗਵਾਂਢੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਢੋਲ ਵਜਦਾ
ਕੰਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਪਰਦੇ ਕੰਬਣ
ਹਾਂ ਜੀ, ਖੂਬ ਕੰਬਣ
ਡੁਗ ਡੁਗ !
ਡੁਗ ਡੁਗ ਡੁਗ !
Don't mind ... more Bang Bang
Sorry about the unappetizing poetry. My neighbors are celebrating the newborn’s Lohri, a Punjabi festival that marks the end of winter. Unlike my poetry, the Lohri festival is rather appetizing, with lots of peanuts and sesame sweets passed around while sitting around a bonfire.
… and Bang Bang goes deep into the night, trying its best to chase the winters away. I do hope they are successful because the cold weather is getting to the bones.
The last night must have been the coldest one this winter. Around midnight, enveloped in a thick fog, a visitor tiptoed into our neighborhood. Hoping to scare it away, some folks started bursting crackers, but nothing could stop its silent march. I will give you a clue to the visitor’s identity – “21”.
Yeah, that’s my weird way of saying Happy New Year 2021.
My advice – don’t bother bursting crackers or making other funny noises. Whatever you try, it won’t go away.
The above folk song is in the Punjabi language, sung on Lohri festival in Northern India (Makar Sankranti in Southern India). Lohri marks the end of chilling winters.
To sing this folk song, kids form groups (each of about five) and go from door to door. The first vocalist belts out one line at a time and then pauses for the remaining boys to hammer the last word “Ho” in a chorus. The performance stirs up a commotion, but then some enterprising kids bring along a drummer too, which creates jolly good merrymaking. The song praises the folk hero Dulla Bhatti. The last line of the song requests for Lohri snacks, which usually consist of sesame and jaggery confectionery along with roasted peanuts. The performance could be likened to Halloween’s “trick or treat,” only that Lohri groups don’t entertain tricks.
In the evening, families get together around an open-air fire, offering sesame seeds to the bonfire and to their belly fire. It’s an excellent way to get the winter cold out of your bones and face your daily routines with new vigor.