Welcome to the state where you are get heartwarming hugs and sumptuous food for taste buds. The people are hospitable and helping, it is the state of Punjab. Punjab word is derived from Persian word ‘panj’, (five), and ‘ab’, (water), for it is the land of five rivers.
Costumes in Punjab
The women wear Salwar-Kameez paired with a bright-colored Dupatta. And, in winters shawls made up of Phulkari embroidery. Sikh men wear a turban and traditional attire for men is Kurta Pajama. And, who can ignore the Juttis that complement the ethnic wear.
Cuisines in Punjab
Sarson the saag and makke ki Roti, Chole Bhature, Rajma Chawal, Rogan Josh and the list is endless. Also, add to that the Lassi ka Glass or the Chaach (Butter milk). Traditional breakfast would be stuffed Parathas and a pinch of Butter/Ghee. 🙂
Dances of Punjab
Who is not influenced by the beats of the drums which make your feet tap and you cannot stop. Bhangra is the lively dance performed at Baisakhi, and now it is enjoyed on all festivals and marriages alike. Gidda is performed by women who enact verses called Bolis, about special events or daily chores.
Wedding traditions are a family affair and rituals can last over few days. My favorite ceremony is the Chooda Ceremony when the maternal uncles brings red bangles for the bride. Talking about Punjab and not mentioning Sikhism would be a mistake. The open langar at Golden Temple which feeds anyone and everyone. And, the harmony with which all people take part in the preparing that meal is a soothing sight for eyes.
I can trace back my roots to the state and my ancestors belonged to Punjab. Bhangra, food habits and wedding rituals – I have grown up seeing them my whole life. You can read about my experience to Amritsar here. Have you visited Punjab or are you friend with a Punjabi? What you like the most about the state and the people? Do share your thoughts with us in comments.
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