5 Things that make Punjab the land of – Khao Piyo Aish Karo Mitro

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.

Sarson da Saag & Makki di Roti

Sarson da Saag & Makki di Roti

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.

Patiala Peg

Patiala Peg

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.

Phulkari

Phulkari

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.

Vikram Kamboj

Aspiring Media Enthusiast, Cricket Tragic, Football Fanatic, Avid Reader, Amateur Photographer & Wannabe Sports Writer.

14 Comments

  1. I always wanted to be a Punjabi. And this article supports ma view. Although i donn see its coming in near future, will make sure am surrounded by them 🙂

  2. Great post.. I love Makki Di Roti & Sarson Da Saag, especially in winters. And it’s so true “Punjabis are colorful people”. I am true Punjabi!!

  3. Punjab has a charm that very few states of India possess.Though, it has been a couple of years that I have been to Punjab, it seems that it grows upon me every day.

  4. I am married to one and so agree with all the points you have made. Song and dance, food, parties everything. They live a patiala Life !

  5. That’s so true, have spent 10 years amongst Punjabis, staying in different PG accommodations in Delhi. I still miss the aloo parathas, chaat, maa ki daal and makke ki roti from Delhi. Nothing matches the taste in Mumbai. Also one of my really close friends in from Ludhiana and Ludhiana’s food taste is unmatchable.

  6. Punjabis are so full of life…I love the way they live life kingsize. I especially love the Punjabi delicacies – Chhole Bhature, Tandoori Chicken and Makkai di roti sarson da saag…

  7. Haha wow, now you truly live by the motto “Khao Piyo Aish Karo Mitro”. Wonderful post. Captured the essence of the cult well.

  8. Thank you for writing such a beautiful article. I being a Punjabi could relate to everything written. Indeed Punjabis live life too the fullest. They work hard and party hard while keeping in mind not to hurt anyone.

  9. Wah Paaji! Kya baat kahi he! Well said, Punjabis are unmatched in their large-heartedness, cheerfulness and hospitality. Loved the beautiful images that went with this post.

  10. Having known a person or two from Punjab, I know what food and dance mean to them. And not only do they do it themselves, they involve people along with them. Have always loved the heavy Punjabi food and dance that lights up your spirits.

    People from the region are large hearted to involve you along with them.

    And when I think of Punjab. what comes first to my mind is ghee soaked naan (or roti), paneer stuffed dishes, tandoori chicken and dancing to your heart’s content.

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