“Social Animal!!!”, thats me! And so are a lot of you who share the same crazy passion of bonding with new people and rejoicing the old ones. In our Indian culture, we are programmed to be people’s person, and ‘Atithi devo bhava’ is just the apt mantra. Often in the daily routine we are left with no time to really go out of our way and socialise but when it comes to festivals its an altogether different story. Here we are so gregarious, that we make it a point to meet all our near and dear ones. It’s galore brings us all together and it’s just a small reminder that celebration is all about adding smiles.
The festivals that we celebrate have a mythological story that some of us are well versed with but do you know that there’s also a deeper science engraved in it. For instance the festival of Gudi Padwa is celebrated with a lot of merriment as it is the beginning of a New year. Neem jaggery is offered as it signifies the bitter sweet start and improves the immune system as given in ayurvedic text. Also in Holi there is preparation of a special concoction “Thandai” which is made up of ingredients which act on our body to give it a soothing effect in the hot climate. Diwali is a grand festival, but the numerous rituals are sequenced to restore the good health. The tradition of oil message followed by rubbing of Ubtan is yet another leaf out of Ayurveda and its effects are noteworthy if continued throughout the cold season. In the same way various rituals have a significant value which we probably are not aware of but simply follow it to please our elders and if you plan to question them, then let me tell you its all got science behind it. There is such a spread of positivity when people come together that I believe half the purpose is already achieved.
The western culture has left us so fazed with thier festivals that we want to know all about it and be a part of the cool celebration but I wish we could use the same search engine to know more about our customs or better still talk to our living encyclopaedias, “our grandparents” I am sure they will have the best stories to tell.
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