Despite the gloomy weather of snow and sleet in Chicago, this did nothing to stop people attending the celebrations of Lohri that was held on the 18th of January at Ashayana Banquets.
Organised by the United Punjabis of America, this marked the second annual Lohri celebrations held in the state of Illinois. Over 200 guests attended the celebrations which included entertainment and tasty Punjabi food.
Lohri is the harvest festival of Punjab (India), and is seen by farmers as the start of the financial New Year. It is celebrated by Punjabi's all over the world.
Manohar Sharma, the president of the UPA welcomed the audience and reflected on the importance of Lohri. Dharam Punwani, a board member of the UPA highlighted the mission of the organisation to preserve the rich Punjabi heritage and to strengthen the Punjabi community.
Om Dhingra and Pratibha Jairath served as the hosts of the occasion. Early performances were led by singers Sunder Mundariye, Shammi Mittal, Pratibha, and Ramesh Malhan. This was followed by dancing from young female children to a medley of Bollywood music. A hip hop performance followed soon after which captivated the young members of the audience.
Marked with an appearance by US House congressional District 8 candidate Manju Goel, the evening continued with live singing as Pratibha Jairath took a break from hosting duties to sing. She was followed by Dr.Setia, Sudhir Trikha, and Mahijit Virdee. Their performances brought the young and old to the dance floor.
The evening also saw the popular traditional dances of Jago and Giddha being performed by the women on stage.
The event saw guests as far as Winnetka travel here. Check out the photo gallery below for photos from the celebrations!
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