After 27 long years, ‘Navreh’ exile ends for this KP family -
After 27 long years, ‘Navreh’ exile ends for this KP family
Posted 29 Mar 2017 04:09 PM


It was a home coming for a Kashmiri Pundit family when they ventured out of their present home to celebrate the festival of Navreh in a traditional way. All the members of the family packed up eatables and went to Rajinder Park at Canal and enjoyed the Navreh with the conception of tradition as they used to do on this auspicious occasion in Kashmir before migration. It was ‘Navreh’ in exile and probably for the first time in 27 years long history of migration that a KP family ventured out to celebrate the new year day outside their home with the same enthusiasm and gaiety as they used to do in the valley.

According to the head of the family, who is a staunch follower and preacher of Yoga, they used to pack eatables including Kashmiri Kehwa and other traditional dishes and go to their almond orchards and celebrate this day jointly with neighbors under the almond trees with full blossom. It was a pleasant and cheerful day for all as there were snow white almond blossoms all around. It was a beautiful and delighted scene which they would enjoy the most. “We would enjoy the scenery and relish our dishes while as the joy of youngsters, especially the children new no bounds. We would also walk to the orchards of our neighbors and take stock of the blossoms. It was a full day entertainment up to the dusk, said LK Bhat, a Professor by profession who gave this idea of celebrating ‘Navreh in exile’ in a unique and innovative way.

This innovative idea has been widely appreciated by the community members especially on social network.

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