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Always a Festive Season

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India also sees a large number of festivals, mainly because of the prevalence of diverse religions and groups. The Muslims celebrate Eid, the Christians have Christmas, good Friday and so on, the Sikhs have Baisakhi (harvesting of crop), and the birthdays of their Gurus, and the Hindus have Diwali, Holi, Makar Sakranti, the Jains have Mahavir Jayanti, the Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s birthday on Buddha Poornima, and quite honestly, the number is endless. All of these translate to holidays in our book, of course.

A festival meant the whole town would gather in a place and there would be a big celebration. A festival meant we get up at four in the morning, and very actively, lots of things happened all over the house.

All these aspects were brought into Indian culture just to keep a man active and enthusiastic in so many ways. The idea behind this was to make our whole life into a celebration.

 

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The Importance of festivals

Kids celebrate the festival season as day of holidays and that they will get a lot of sweets to eat. For some people, these days are celebrated as a reunion day. They spend these days with their families and friends.

For some, this day is a day of relaxation and for others it’s a day of family outing. Festivals help us to promote national integration and bring peace and harmony within our society.

Festivals teach us to forget our enmity and embrace one another in a bond of love.

Moral, ethical, social values of life mix up with entertainment through festivals.

 

Make the rangoli during festive season

  • Though the classical types are replaced by the contemporary ones, this piece of art still remains creative and catchy.
  • The riot of colors begin during the festive season, be it your wardrobe, interior or even a Rangoli at your doorstep. There is vibrancy everywhere that would make you feel all pumped up and positive.
  • Diwali and the colorful rangolis go hand in hand. Go to any house and you will find a beautiful creation at the entrance that would win your heart. It is not a contemporary thing, but is practiced since long.

 

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The Indians celebrate Durga Puja with great enthusiasm. Diwali or Dipavali, a festival of lamps or light is another excellent festival. This festival is noted for display of fireworks. Vasant Panchami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Pongal, Ratha-yatra or Chariot festival, Sivaratri, Raksha Bandhan and many other Hindu festivals are observed all over India with vigor of mirth and gaiety.

The Muslims celebrate three great festivals – Muharram, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Zuha and also Fateha Doaz-Daham.

The Christians observe Christmas, the holy birthday of Lord Jesus Christ; the Sikhs observe Guru Nanak’s birth day. Buddha Purnima and Mahavir Jayanati are observed respectively by the Buddhists and the Jains.

It is a happy feature in Indian scenario that now men and women of all religious communities share the pleasures of festivals of other communities. Thus national integration is strongly cemented.

 

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