Loud, loving and full of life, Punjabis personify fun | Culture
Love for life and Celebrating Life
No matter how small the occasion, Punjabi’s love to party hard. There’s food enough to feed a small country and Punjabis of all ages get their groove on the dancing floor.
So whats the secret “Mantra” for the Punjabi exuberance and love for life? To understand that, you will have to understand the key concept of “Charhdi Kalaa” in Sikh philosophy. It is a concept in Sikhism that refers to a mental state of optimism and joy. Sikhs are ideally expected to be in this positive state of mind as a sign of their contentment with the will of God, even during the times of adversity.
The Punjabi word “Chardi Kalaa” (Caṛdī Kalā) can be translated as “positive attitude” or “ascending energy“. It is also described as being in “high spirits” or “positive, buoyant and optimistic” attitude to life and to the future. Chardi Kalaa is the state of mind in which a person has no negative emotions like fear, jealousy or enmity. Instead the mind has many positive feelings including joy, satisfaction and self-dignity.