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रिसाई

दुख और मौत से संबंधित, शोकयुक्त

ज़र्फ़

बरतन; भाजन; पात्र

तिहाई

किसी वस्तु के तीन समान भागों में कोई एक भाग, तीसरा अंश, भाग या हिस्सा, तीसरा हिस्सा

ला'नत

धिक्कार, फटकार, भर्त्सना, अभिशाप, शाप

क़हर ढाना

किसी के लिए संकट पैदा करना, संकटग्रस्त बनाना, किसी पर कोई आफ़त लाना, ज़ुल्म करना, क़हर तोड़ना

मज़दूर

शारीरिक श्रम के द्वारा जीविका कमाने वाला कोई व्यक्ति, जैसे: इमारत बनाने, कल-कारख़ानों में काम करने वाला, श्रमिक, कर्मकार, भृतक, मजूर

चले न जाए आँगन टेढ़ा

काम में कुशल न होने पर दूसरे पर आरोप मढ़ना

आगे नाथ न पीछे पगा

जिसके आगे-पीछे कोई न हो, जिसका अपना कोई न हो, असहाय, लावारिस, अकेला

साहिर

जादूगर, वह व्यक्ति जो जादू दिखाता हो

कुड़माई

शादी के पूर्व रिश्ता पक्का करने के लिए की जाने वाली रस्म, सगाई, शादी तै करना, रिश्ता करना

नज़र-भर देखना

भरपूर नज़र से देखना, ग़ौर से देखना, ध्यान से देखना

ख़्वाजा-ताश

एक स्वामी के दास, जो आपस में ख्वाजःताश कहलाते हैं

मैया

कृपा, करुणा, तरस, ममता, दया

क़फ़स

(पक्षियों का) पिंजरा, कबूतरों का दरबा जो बाँस की खपच्चियों से बनाते हैं

हुस्न-ए-तलब

माँगने का अच्छा ढंग, कोई चीज़ इशारे इशारे में माँगना, ऐसे ढंग से चीज़ माँगना कि देने वाला देते हुए ख़ुशी महसूस करे

बसर

गुज़ारा, निर्वाह, जीवन-यापन, जीविका, निबाहना

बसर-औक़ात

जीवनानिर्वाह का अवलंब, जीवन का सहारा, जीविका साधन, आजीविका, वृत्ति, रोजी, रोजगार

मुंतशिर

बिखरा हुआ, छितरा हुआ, फैला हुआ, तितर-बितर, बिखरने वाला, फैलने वाला

पिनक

अफ़ीमची की वह अवस्था जिमसें वह नशे की अधिकता के कारण सिर झुकाकर बैठे रहने की दशा में बेसुध या सोया हुआ सा रहता है, अफ़ीम के नशे में ऊँघना, अफ़ीम के नशे में धुत्त, अफ़ीम की झोंक

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Jalsa-e-Alfaaz: Unraveling the Lexicon of Celebrations in Urdu

by Atifa Haroon 29 November 2023 4 min Read

Jalsa-e-Alfaaz: Unraveling the Lexicon of Celebrations in Urdu

As the festive season unfolds, and party hats become the must-have accessory, the air is filled with a light spirit that sets the perfect backdrop for celebrations. 

But dear readers, amidst all the chaos and frenzy of these celebrations, have you ever wondered how these celebrations and their aura is described in Urdu? If not, then prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the enchanting vocabulary that Urdu brings to the table, sprinkling the perfect dash of spice over our festivities, events, and moments of merriment.

Urdu, with its poetic flair and rhythmic pulse, offers a lexicon that turns even the mundane into a celebration. From the mellow tones of "mubarak" to the elated echoes of "shor," this linguistic carnival turns each gathering into a harmonious symphony of words. It's not just about participating in these celebrations; it's about experiencing them in a downright melodious fashion.

So, before you're fashionably late to the party, let’s dive right into this vocabulary fiesta! 

The term ‘jashn’ means a feast or celebration of any kind. Unlike the common perception, the term ‘jashn’ can be employed for any sort of celebrations, be lit social, religious, cultural or even literary ones!

Just like how we call it ‘Jashn-e-Rekhta’ (which is right around the corner), that pays homage to the Urdu language, literature, and culture. You can check out more details about the Jashn here

Another term commonly used in the context of celebrations is ‘jalsa’. The term jalsa primarily means a sitting, meeting or an assembly. However, jalsa is more commonly used to refer to a a gathering for entertainment (song, dance or concert). You can think of it as the Urdu word for gala, but obviously in a more enigmatic way. 

A term better suited to refer to a sitting, meeting or an assembly is ‘mehfil’. A mehfil can be a gathering of any sorts, including professional meetings to cultural events. Originally referring to gatherings in the opulent Mughal courts, where esteemed courtesans showcased their talents to the royals, mehfil is now used to refer to gatherings, which can be of any nature. 

Adding a touch of religious fervor, 'tehvaar' in Urdu translates to festivals, especially those of a religious nature. Urdu speakers refer to festivals like ‘Diwali ke tehvaar ki chutti hai’ or ‘Eid ka tehvaar saal mein do baar aata hai’. Interestingly, in the UP-Bihar-Jharkhand dialect, 'tehvaari' takes on a unique meaning, referring to the bonus money received on the occasion of festivals. 

Now, let's dive into the symphony of celebrations with the term 'dhoom.' It's the life of the party, quite literally – representing all the noise and commotion that makes these events memorable. And if we're turning up the volume, let's not forget 'dhoom-dhaam,' the adjective that screams uproar. You might have heard whispers like, "unhone apne bete ki shaadi bohot dhoom-dhaam se karwayi hai," translating to 'they've thrown a wedding bash for their son with all the pomp and show’.

The term ‘shaad' of this glorious vocabulary is hidden just beyond the surface level, like an introverted cousin who’s packed with lots of fun stories and jokes. Shaad literally means pleased or delighted, and is not very commonly used, but has a sophisticated and elegant touch to it. Compound words made with shaad like ‘shaad-aabaad’ (meaning happily inhabited, free from care or anxiety) and dil-shaad (cheerful, glad) are used in joyous occasions, mostly by the Urdu elites of the group. 

Other Urdu words used for celebrations and functions and events are bazm, juloos, anjuman, majma’, daa’vat etc. Each term brings its unique flavor to the linguistic banquet of festivities, adding a distinct flair to different types of social, religious, and cultural events.

And with this dear readers, we call it a day in the party of these charismatic and joyous words. We hope you picked up something you can show-off in the next party you attend. Until then, take care and have a great festive season. Also, mark your presence at the Jashn-e-Rekhta (you really wouldn’t want to miss this), and we’ll see you soon as we've always got more linguistic surprises up our sleeves!

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