So.. We are approaching the December. In India,the last three months of the year are the festival months. In the world the other countries also have many festivals but my article is India centric.
In India, different religions are present in a vast number. Every religion has been given importance and therefore when one religion is celebrating their festival, others join them. The country becomes festive.
One of the longest festivals is Navratri, a festival of the western state of India,the Gujarat. The festival is facilitated by the state government under the brand name of “Vibrant Navratri”. The festivals which follow the Navratri are the Hindu new year Diwali, & Makar Sankrati, the festivals conclude in the January.
Navratri lasts for 9 nights. These nine days are so much energetic. Days pass rapidly and the traditional dance form Garba captures the nights of the whole Gujarat and the other countries where NRGs are residing. It is ecstatic.
What do festivals do to our minds? Why the people of every class become so enthusiastic? Why are the festivals introduced in our societies?
Well, when the whole year comes to the end, people get so frustrated that they need something to relax. This is the reason why when we walk down the streets,the atmosphere itself is so much positively charged.
The people are so much cheerful in the festival times. This is the mass effect. It is an example of what people can do if they just believe that everything is going to be good. The festivals are created by us, we just need to pour our belief that “Man,this is the festival season!” and we really get engaged in the festive mood.
After thinking over this, it seems that the festivals give a new enthusiasm in the routine life, recharging the life and in fact playing the role of a FeelGoodPill.
Three things play the central role in festivals: Light, Music, Smile
Have a happy festive time!
“India has two million gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.”
– Mark Twain
- Navratri Celebrations 2012 (datadiary2012.wordpress.com)
- Dandiya takes a cosmopolitan hue (thehindu.com)