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Celebrate Lohri festival for girl child: PAU home scientists
LUDHIANA: In view of the “lohri” festival in this month, the home science experts of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have urged the home makers, farm women and the residents to gear up for traditional cooking, festive clothing, cleaning and decoration of homes.

Saying that the lohri festival is celebrated as per the customs and traditions and on the birth of the baby boy in the family, the experts called upon the residents, “Lets all join hands and celebrate this festival on the birth of the girl child. This will make the girl child realize the significance of her presence in the family.”

Referring to the traditional food, Dr Kiran Grover said that the dinner should be enjoyed with sarson da saag and makki di roti on this festival day. The other traditional foods cooked are rau (sugarcane) di kheer, bajra khicdi, gajrella (carrot halwa), gaja kheer, mithe chawal (sweet rice), pinnis (wheat atta/besan/rice/til/alsil/coconut/peanut), and gachak or chikki of dry fruits like almonds, cashewnut with jaggery, etc. She further told that winter savories like til, gachak, rewari, jaggery, and mughphali are the main food items served around the bonfire.

About festive clothing, Dr Surinderjit Kaur advised to choose fabrics like brocades or a blend of stain, silk, organza and chiffon. Various tints and shades of ornage, yellow, red and gold give an instant feeling of warmth and coziness, she suggested, adding that embroidery work adds more value to women’s apparels whereas zardosi, sequins, pearls and beads enhance the beauty of the garments. Dr Kaur said that navy, grey, black, chocolate or coffee are evergreen colours for men’s suits. Warm colours can also be added to furnishings, rugs and accessories, she added.

Emphasizing on home decoration and cleaning, Dr Harinder Saggu said that phulkari/baghs can be used for the decoration of walls and windows or as diwan cover. She stressed, “Fill in all cracks and holes in the storage shelves of the cupboards to avoid insects like ants/silverfish. Line the shelves with dried newspapers or brown papers; and place camphor/dried neem leaves underneath these papers.”

Dr Sukhminder Kaur suggested applying coconut or olive oil on the body after giving bath to the child. Always make use of tulsi, mulathi,cardamom and bonafsha in the milk or tea, given to the children, she advised the parents, while impressing that the use of honey is most beneficial in this weather.

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