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Punjab ~ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ
Punjab has a history of 5000 years & means the land of five rivers – the Ravi, Beas, Sutlej, Chenab & Jhelum that irrigates this flat tract of land. Punjab is the gateway to India & its plains were dotted with sites of battles that shaped India’s future. Its people are valued for their valor and martial prowess and they know how to live on a grand scale.
Lohri heralds the end of the winter harvest season is celebrated in the 2nd week of January. Holi, the festival of colors at the end of Feb or March. Baisakhi, the spring festival in mid-April and Guru Purabs of the 10 Sikh gurus are celebrated across the state, with the biggest celebrations being for Guru Nanak's birthday in November.
The craft of Punjab is very rich. Crafts prepared by the carpenters are Peeras, wooden toys and boxes. Thin glass straws are made for basketry. They are proficiently woven into mats, carpets, hand fans, rugs and curtains. Famous crafts are: Basketry, durries, folk toys, juttis, mud art, painting, paranda, weaving, phulkari, woodwork, ornaments etc.
Punjabi cuisine is rich in flavors and has a liberal dose of ghee and spices and milk products are an important part of daily diet. Largely wheat eaters and they have created breads like the stuffed aloo paratha and the makki ki roti. Veg delights are sarson ka saag , rajma-chawal and kadhi and non-veg cuisine is a combination of northwest frontier & Mughal cuisine.. Tandoori chicken is a great favorite and no meal is complete without large glass of butter milk or lassi.