Festivals bring peace and joy | By Jubel D’Cruz

Festivals bring peace and joy

FESTIVALS bring peace and joy to all communities. All the nations of the world have certain religious and cultural festivals. However, India is one of the biggest countries to celebrate many festivals.

As India is a very cultural and diverse country, so are festivals. They fall into three general categories: national, religious and seasonal.

As we can divide the Indian holidays into national, religious and seasonal, we see how they differ from each other. In general, national holidays are celebrated in honor of reputable people and events. The religious follow the legends of the times and their beliefs. The seasons are celebrated with every season that we live in and that varies from region to region.

National festivals include Republic Day, Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti and many more. These festivals are celebrated all over India. All the citizens of the country celebrate them without distinction of religion, caste, creed, color and sex. Everyone celebrates them with great patriotism. These festivals are national holidays and are enjoyed with great enthusiasm.

Moreover, they help put aside the differences of compatriots and unite like never before. The capital of India, New Delhi, is the seat of national festivals. For example, he attends the great parade of the feast of the Republic. The flag hoisting takes place in New Delhi, which is broadcast live on national television for the whole country to see.

Religious holidays are one of the most famous festivals not only all over India but all over the world. Some of the most important religious holidays are Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Dussehra, Eid-ul-fitr, Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Guru Nanak Jayanti and Holi. Diwali and Holi are the most important holidays in Hinduism. They are very colorful and full of light.

Eid-ul-fitr is an Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. It’s about delicious food and family reunions. Christmas celebrates the birthday of Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity. It is also about Christmas trees and Santa Claus.

Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikhism. Bihu is a feast of Assam. Likewise, Tamil Nadu famous Pongal and Kerala famous Onam. In addition, there is Basant Panchami which people also celebrate all over North India and West Bengal.

Festivals are very important. They make us forget our cultural and religious differences. They unite people and they come together for the sole purpose of celebrating and happiness. Apart from that, festivals also help us embrace our culture and religion. They are very useful in breaking the monotony of life.

In addition, people look forward to festivals throughout the year. Festivals create joy and give people something to look forward to. In addition, people also repair their homes and paint them as new. It embellishes the look of the locality.

In short, festivals fill our lives with color and enthusiasm. They bring us together every year and eliminate any sense of community hatred. They also strengthen the bonds of community and keep wickedness away from people’s hearts. Therefore, the festivals are very important and should be celebrated with great joy and passion.

—The writer is a contributing columnist, based in Mumbai, India

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