India is a land of the festival due to the diverse population with multiple ethnicity and religion. Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians live in harmony and celebrate their festivals with great pomp and show. National holidays are sanctioned by the government to mark the occasion in style. For some, festivals are unnecessary distractions but for others, they are very important.
Amalgamation of people: During the festival, people exchange gifts with one another and celebrate the events together. In fact, it is one of the best times to meet friends and family members which otherwise is not possible. For instance, Durga Pooja is organized every year in which a lot of people participate with great fervor, Song and dance with devotional bhajans adorn the day and night as people pray to Goddess Durga for her blessings. It is a wonderful event that brings happiness to the lives of the people.
Beneficial for business: Festival is the time when people shop a lot prompting the retail stores to provide heavy discounts to the buyers. During Christmas, Diwali or Eid people tend to purchase gifts not only for each other but also to decorate their homes. As a matter of fact, the sales of vehicles and electronic items also increase during the festive period. Businesses have a gala time during the festival and they especially wait for the occasions to make a sound profit.
Happiness all-around: One of the benefits of the festival is that it helps to inculcate a sense of happiness among the people. They gather or visit each other, talk over the dinner and chill out in a relaxed environment. It is a welcome break from the mundane routine of performing household chores and office work. Festivals add color to the life and make people aware of their emotional connection with God.
Taking care of the poor: One of the most important charity activities during the festival is feeding the poor and giving them alms. It is a wonderful gesture especially from the rich people to give back to the society. In short, the occasion increases the feeling of brotherhood among the neighbors as they meet and have a good time.
Eating out: In the modern age, families rarely have free time left on their hands, therefore festival is the only event when they can go out and have a good time at the malls. Some prefer to watch movies while others dine in multi cuisine restaurants. It is a celebration of sorts for them irrespective of their religious or ethnic affinity.
Bond of love: The world is full of enmity and prejudices among the people as they try to compete with each other both in terms of wealth and fame. During the festival, they can meet and forge a bond of companionship and love. God has taught people to love and not indulge in blind hatred, therefore it is vital for them to assimilate the teachings and implement them in real life during the festival. It would go a long way in removing animosities from the prejudiced minds and make the world a better place.
Article publié pour la première fois le 06/09/2016