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Punjab – Cuisine, Culture, History

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Punjab's Cuisine, Culture, History
A photo of Harminder Sahib (The Golden Temple) and the surrounding Sarovar (Sacred Pool). Adjusted slightly in Photoshop.

Punjab’s Cuisine, Culture and History needs to be experienced, at least once in your lifetime.

Punjab is a north Indian state sharing its borders with Pakistan. Its culture and hospitality is unique and Punjabi’s carry this wherever they go. You get the best Indian food in Punjab. A Punjabi sees a Guest as a representative of God!  Each village have separate places to receive guests and provide them with Pubjabi Indian food .

Punjab is a land of Warriors, land of battlefield, land of Gurus; a  land that is mystique! A land of with a long history of Culture.

Punjab means land of five rivers. Its fertile lands feeds millions across India. One of the most hard working, industrious and agricultural work force is seen here.

The ancient Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 5000 years, tells the history of the state. Punjab is the home of Sikh religion. The Punjabi shrines, temples,etc, tells the magnificence of Sikh architecture. Golden temple at Amritsar is the epitome of Sikh architecture.

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Memorial in Punjab

Jallianwala Bagh memorial
Jallianwala Bagh memorial at the Jallianwala Bagh massacre site.

Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden at Amritsar established after Indian independence,  to commemorate the ‘Jallianwala Bagh Massacre’ of 1919, is of prime national importance.

What is Waugh Border Ceremony or Beating Retreat Border Ceremony in Punjab?

The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India-Pakistan International Border
The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India-Pakistan International Border near Wagah.

The Wagah border with Pakistan, the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan, is in Punjab. This border village serves as a link between India and Pakistan.

There is a ceremonial function at the border gate before sunset each day called ‘Waugh border ceremony‘. It is a daily event conducted by the security forces of  India and Pakistan. The border gates are opened and one soldier from each country stands at ‘attention’ on each side of the gate. Then a perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nation’s flags are conducted. The flags are folded and each soldier shake hands with the other. Then the border gates are closed. It is called ‘beating retreat border ceremony‘ in international parlance.  It is a practice  followed since 1959.