Importance of Festivals in Oue life- Essay.
Festivals form an important part our lives. Festivals come in various kinds. Some festivals are cultural, some national and some religious. Despite the various kinds in which they come, they all mean one thing and that is celebration.
Festivals are an event of celebration and joy which may be associated with religious, cultural or national events. They have an essential role to play in society. They bring us all together in the spirit of brotherhood and togetherness and remind us there is a lot of good in the world that we live in. They come at the right time to break the monotony bring some cheer into our lives.
- Celebration: They represent an occasion to celebrate which becomes an essential part of human life.
- Break the monotony: Festivals are often the socially sanctioned means to break the monotony associated daily life.
- Meet and greet family: Festivals are an occasion for meeting members of extended family and friends.
- Gathering of family and friends: It is a time when family members living geographically apart gather together at one place to celebrate.
- Appreciate relationships: It is that time of the year to appreciate relationships and give our thanks and wishes to people who have helped us throughout our lives.
- Learn about one’s family: It is also a way to learn about one’s roots and about ones relatives and friends and reflect on those relationships.
- Bring about a spirit of togetherness: Festivals bring with them a spirit of togetherness and belonging amongst people.
- Spread joy: Festivals bring joy and happiness to people.
- Help other people: It is an occasion to help other people in society and to give back in the spirit of joy and giving.
- Create the spirit of sharing and caring: Along with the spirit of giving, festivals also encourage sharing and caring for one’s family, friends and all other in the society.
- Give back to society: It is a time to give back to the society that we live in by engaging in community activities.
- Promote brotherhood: Festivals promote a sense of brotherhood and unity among people.
- Offer prayers: Festivals are also about prayer for one’s wellness and that of all other around.
- Maintain cultures and traditions: It helps to carry forward culture and traditions to the next generation.
- Teach the traditional practises to children: By engaging children in the festivities, they can be taught about the traditional practises and rituals that are followed.
- Remember one’s ancestors, leaders and mythological beings: It is the time to know about ones ancestors and mythology that is associated with those festivals and carry them forward in our lives.
- Remember history and mythology: Every festival be it religious or national have historical and mythological tales associated with them and festivals are the time to collect these tales and reflect on them.
- Passing on and promoting culture: It is a means to promote one’s culture by increasing exposure to others of different cultures and to the younger generation within a culture.
- Harmonise with nature: Many festivals also emphasise on the connect between humans and nature and worship the forces of nature.
- Promote economic activity and tourism: Festivals like the Maha Kumbh Mela attract a large number of tourists from across the world and also encourage economic activity.
Festivals are not merely moments that are to be celebrated in joy. They are also moments that we need to reflect about our existence. We need to take this as a moment to be thankful and appreciative of all those who contributed to our life. We need to reflect our gratitude and help many people and remind the society of the very purpose of the festival. We need to take into consideration that it is our duty to spread the merry and cheer that festivals stand for.
By Swetha (2019)