Happy Lohri!

“bhirin”[bhee-rin] is a pahari thing we do on Lohri(Jan 13th). More specifically in Upper Shimla Area (Rohru etc) in Himachal.
The thing is, call someone, he answers it, and then say bhirin.
Example (How I win a bhirin on mom) -
Me : Mummiiii
Mom : Haan
Me : Bhirin

Its done early in the morning, and there is a competition on who does it first.
This is done on phone as well. Callee says hello, and caller says bhirin. It use to be more fun without caller id on phone. With caller id, the callee sometimes directly says bhirin.
Important rule - one has to take bath before he can do bhirin on others. So people take bath very early on this day.
On this day people greet each other with excitement and cheer, shouting bhirin. Very simple thing, but it rocks!

Within family its about catching up people on bed and doing bhirin on them, before they become conscious about it. I remember being woken up by mom/nanaji/mamaji etc at like 5am to do a bhirin on me. Then forced out of bed, to take bath, on a chilly morning. I rarely remember a Lohri at home without snow around. It used to be a fun filled day.

So today morning got calls from a few relatives, and called a few. Many didn’t accept my bhirin, guessing that I haven’t taken bath yet. true!
Searched net on bhirin and found nothing. Hence the post.

Hello reader,

10 Responses to “Bhirin”

  1. pkj Says:

    bhirin !

    haven’t taken a bath either :)

  2. aniket Says:

    Wonderful custom!
    I don’t know why, but it’s beautiful. Probably it’s its simplicity which makes it so.
    And what a highly effective way to turn elders into kids, albeit for one day. The people who started it sure did a great job. And yeah, as a small-towner, I must say to all those from metros, that this is the kind of joy you get to experience if you’re brought up in a small town/ village.

    Just one question: Can one play Bhirin with one’s professors as well?? :P

  3. aniket Says:

    and yeah, Bhirin! :P

  4. skp Says:

    BhIrIn !!

    Chalo kuch to kaam aya nahana !!

    have fun

  5. kt Says:

    bhirin..i took bath :)

  6. Maruti Borke Says:

    @comments above me : Looks like some Did-I-take-a-bath test :P

    Coolest custom ever !!

  7. smr Says:

    google now knows what to show on bhirin. :)

  8. pawan ranta Says:

    Belated Lohri Bhai.. I cant say Bhirin now :(

  9. Kunal Says:

    cool custom :D

  10. sandeep Says:

    LOL!! good tradition man…and good that you blogged about it to keep bhirin alive forever ;))

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