Punjab pulsates with a sensational mix of people, culture and foods. Your journey through this mind-boggling state will certainly let you identify with the very mindset of Punjabis – “Khao Piyo Aish Karo Mitro”.
Having said this, let’s take a quick dig at top 5 things that make Punjab the land of “Khao, Piyo Aish Karo Mitro”:
#1 – Cuisine
Mouth-watering food and ceaseless eating is somewhat of a legacy for Punjabis. Perhaps, it’s commonly said that Punjabis live to eat whereas others eat to live 🙂
A hardcore Punjabi myself, my taste buds always fancy piquant, spicy and butter laden food.
From traditional Sarson da Saag & Makki di Roti, Sweet Lassi, creamy butter chicken, delicious Aaloo Da Prantha to wholesome Rajma Chawal, Punjab will certainly compel you to commemorate the A. S. Kang’s famous song, “Khao, Piyo, Aish Karo Mitro!”
By the way, A.S. Kang is the singer who has sung this famous track 🙂
#2 – Dance
If “ceaseless eating” is Punjabi’s legacy, “dancing” is their birthright. Yes, you can always find Punjabis shaking a leg during any merrymaking, be it a get-together or any festival.
Whether it is “Bhangra” supported by dholak beats or “Giddha” sung by Punjabi women in the form of Bolis, people of Punjab always dance with great fun and frolic.
Jhumar, Dhankara, and Gatka are other famous dances enjoyed by Punjabis. Other than these, Punjabis have an undying love for peppy beats – a common affair at weddings. Needless to mention, Punjabis love to dance and their continual dancing signify their festive spirits.
#3 – Wines
Punjab is the land of the world-famous “Patiala Peg”. Well, Patiala Peg is an extra large measure that is almost instantly guzzled down by Punjabis on every other occasion.
This shows their drinking capacity and love for wines 🙂
Perhaps, the potential of Punjab to absorb wines can be well portrayed through various cheese-and-wine evenings and wine dinners organized in different cities of Punjab. And, the day is not far when Punjab will turn the highest wine-consuming states of India.
#4 – People
Wherever Punjabis go, they always leave their mark by their friendly and fun-loving nature. Having bore the invasion of attackers quite a number of times, people of Punjab have learnt to live their life in utter enjoyment with time.
You must have heard “Punjabis are colorful people”. It doesn’t mean that they wear colorful clothes but their vivacity reflects through everything they do. Whether it is their eating or dancing, wine-drinking or hospitable nature, their enthusiasm is unmatched and unparalleled.
Besides, their kind and hospitable nature highlights the second phrase, “Dil Par Kisey Da Dukhayo Na!”
Being a Punjabi, I also believe the fact – “If any community knows how to live, it is Punjabis”. Yes, they relish living like anything… !
#5 – Culture
Having already discussed a bit of Punjabi culture in the above points, I cannot sign off without mentioning the culture of Punjab at large.
Renowned as one of the oldest and richest cultures across the globe, each aspect of Punjabi culture including DANCING, EATING, WINE-DRINKING & more, underlines the famous quote “Khao Piyo Aish Karo Mitro, Dil Par Kisey Da Dukhayo Na!”
Men dressed in traditional attires including kurta-pyjama with turban and women in colorful Patiala suits, salwar-kameez and lehenga-kurta with a waistcoat are a common scene in the state. Punjabis are celebrated for their keen interest in dress sense and à la mode fashion essentials.
Their love of arts and crafts can be seen through decorative designs and handicrafts that dot the entire state of Punjab. ‘Phulkari’, ‘Calico’ paintings, silk shawls, wooden furniture are some craftsmanship works that have earned this state world praise.