Thursday, October 30th, 2008 | Author:

They call it the festive season. Wow! I wonder if this season is a part of the natural cycle. Is festivity inherent to human nature? Answers can vary. With Diwali, starts a party which everyone in the country becomes a part of. Neither I know nor do I want to know the number of people who celebrate, merely, the homecoming of Lord Ram. An era that demands rational basis of every event, obviously, needs more reasons to cheer up.

Once upon a time, there used to be a calendar that divided the year into 12 months of 30 days each. The remaining 5 days were for festivals. This emphasizes the importance of such events in our life. But, what makes me ponder over this whole phenomenon is a more complex issue. Is joy a pre-requisite of life? Or, is life so depressing that we create mythical occasions to escape from it? I have no clue at this point of time.

By the time the New Year arrives, I find an answer. We look forward to novelty. It makes us happy. We say ‘Goodbye’ to the past and welcome the future. Between these two moments, lies festivity. Stagnation ends life. Fluctuations sustain it. A present full of excitement, therefore, is the solution. Wishing you a never-ending festive season, I invite more answers.

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7 Responses

  1. 1
    swapna.s 

    Its an interesting topic that you have brought up, coz it is relevant in these times. Sure, festivals are a part of Indian culture though I am not sure of their relevance anymore.

    Life isnt as depressing as one reads it to be in the papers.
    The contemporary Indian has greater priorities in life and greater challenges to overcome. So celebrating festivals is not as meaningful as it once used to be. We may celebrate it outwardly but does it change the way we behave to others or bring a transformation in our hearts? I dont know.

    Look at our lives. Do we really understand what the festivals are about and why we celebrate it the way we do? Do we even consider why it is relevant to still celebrate it? I am not sure about it coz yes Onam, Vishu and Christmas are very special festivals coz i associate those festivals with certain beliefs that relate to values and not necessarily mythical characters. But do i know why i rush back home at the end of the day to celebrate these festivals? I can’t say i am sure of it. But I would love to hear what others feel about this.

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    Priya 

    Is joy a prerequisite of life? Or, is life so depressing that we create mythical occasions to escape from it?

    I wanted to begin with “Who is Joy?” But bad jokes are Ankit’s prerogative. So, I decided against it.

    So, the first comment for your post comes from someone who doesn’t really believe in religion. Please don’t confuse that with “god.” I like God (we have a fairly good relationship). I don’t quite buy the rituals that go along with religion and most mythological stories have been so distorted that they sound ridiculous.

    I believe life is about joy and seeking happiness. Festivals are just a reminder that life is worth celebrating. We can’t have reminders everyday or they’d lose their purpose. Like if your alarm clock rings continuously, you wouldn’t know when to wake up. Festivals are like alarm clocks – they ring once in a while and you have the option of clicking on snooze. But don’t turn it off and go back to sleep!!!

    So, have fun and on some days have more fun! Simple rules to live by 🙂

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    ankit.c 

    2 enlightening replies have made my day.

    to swapna: ur reply almost slapped my perspective and i m happy it did. While i was perceiving festivals from an individual’s perspective, i completely forgot that communities make festivals. So, yes, the grup behavior shud have been given attention.

    to priya: i m elated that ur 1st words on VEranDA were a reply to mine. Indeed, that was a practical reply. May be I am seeing things too…..I dont kno..

    anyway,
    thanx guyz n keep bloggin

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    reynold 

    Rreligion was made to govern mankind.. and festivals were just an incentive.. i could say that
    Is it possible that everything we have ever believed is just a story or a piece of someones imagination to keep us civilized??
    There are cues that it could be,… still i choose to believe that no its not a story… But come on dont tell me that its never crossed your mind! hasn’t it??

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    Priya 

    You forced me to reply, Ankit. And now you’re pretending I had a choice!!

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    palash.d 

    Hi Ankit,
    Thank you for initiating an extremely current subject. I second Swapna due to its topicality.

    “barah mahine, terah parv (We have 13 festivals in 12 months) goes a common saying, I wonder who invented just 13 festivals. I believe we celebrate more than 13 fests in a year.

    Anyways, I pick your depression/ escapism part that surrounds festivals per sé . I worked on a similiar story some time back. Ever thought how many festivals people from the pre-civilisation era used to celebrate and what was their ways of partying? Ideally, we should be enjoying each day in our lives confirming that we are alive and contributing in some or the other way to society.

    Coming to celebrations, we certainly bank on mother nature. If I go by Indian festivals not a single event is devoid of the seasonal contributional. We whitewash our homes during this time, which is a disinfecting agent. We get ready to welcome the winter season and buy new clothes. Do we need a reason to celebrate? I know a few who dont need a reason or religion for that matter to enjoy life. The transition in weather incites excitement.

    We arrange gathering and party eventually to affirm our contribution to the close knit society which is increasingly dependable.

    Fun, frolic, celebrations and parties have been an integral part of any society that grows- economically as well as geographically.

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