This week was the celebration of Lohri, the harvest festival of Punjab. However in the UK, people tend to celebrate it a bit differently. It’s a great excuse for a party where family and friends get together to celebrate the recent birth of a baby boy.
Now being the mother of 2 daughters and one of 3 sisters, Lohri has never been a big deal in my family. I was talking to my husband about how in this day and age, boys are still treated more favourably than girls. He was quick to point out that we had a party when each of our girls was born to celebrate. I responded equally as quick to point out that his nephews had the same party when they were born and then a second celebration in the name of lohri.
It’s a shame that these old cultural biases still exist and some young boys are being brought up to believe that they are superior to girls. I can only hope that by the time my daughters have grown up, this old fashioned nonsense will have died out.