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Hindi Essay On Importance Of Festivals In Our Life

Sadhguru explains the importance of festivals in Indian culture, and how celebration can be a passageway to the most profound aspects of life. Further down is a list of articles about various festivals, where Sadhguru explains the significance of each one of them.

In the Indian culture, there was a time when there used to be a festival every day of the year – 365 festivals in a year – because a festival is a tool to bring life to a state of exuberance and enthusiasm. That was the significance and importance of festivals. The whole culture was in a state of celebration. If today was ploughing day, it was a kind of celebration. Tomorrow was planting day, another kind of celebration. Day after tomorrow was weeding, that was a celebration. Harvesting, of course, is still a celebration. But in the last 400 or 500 years, poverty has come to our country, and we have not been able to celebrate every day. People are satisfied if they just get some simple food to eat. So all the festivals fell away and only 30 or 40 festivals remain. We are not even able to celebrate those now because we have to go to the office or do something else daily. So people usually celebrate only around 8 or 10 festivals annually.

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Make life a celebration

Nowadays, unfortunately, a festival means they give you a holiday, and you wake up only at twelve noon. Then you eat a lot and go for a movie or watch television at home. It wasn’t like that earlier. A festival meant the whole town would gather in a place and there would be a big celebration. A festival meant we got up at four in the morning, and very actively, lots of things happened all over the house.

To bring back this culture in people, Isha celebrates four important festivals: Pongal or Makarasankranti, Mahashivratri, Dussehra and Diwali. If we don’t create something like this, by the time the next generation comes, they will not know what a festival is. They will just eat, sleep and grow up without concern for another human being. All these aspects were brought into Indian culture just to keep a man active and enthusiastic in so many ways. The idea behind this was to make our whole life into a celebration.

The Importance of festivals

If you approach everything in a celebratory way, you learn to be non-serious about life but absolutely involved. The problem with most human beings right now is, if they think something is important, they will become dead serious about it. If they think it is not so important, they will become lax about it – they don’t show the necessary involvement. You know, in India when someone says, “He is in a very serious condition,” that means his next step is you know where. A lot of people are in a serious condition. There is only one thing that is going to happen to them which is of any significance. The rest will bypass them because with anything that they think is not serious, they are unable to show involvement and dedication towards that. That is the whole problem. The passage, the secret of life is to see everything with a non-serious eye, but be absolutely involved – like a game. That is the reason the most profound aspects of life are approached in a celebratory way, so that you don’t miss the point.

Sadhguru looks at the significance and science behind the celebration of each individual festival.

Why Mahashivratri?
Mahashivratri, is perhaps the most important of festivals in India, and offers a powerful possibility for spiritual growth.

Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima, which falls on the first full moon day after Dakshinayana or the Summer Solstice, honors the Adi Guru or first Guru, Shiva, and marks the day when he began the transmission of yoga to the Saptarishis, his first seven disciples.

The Significance of Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti festival, traditionally seen as a harvest festival is a day when there is a significant movement in the zodiac ­– the arrangement of the earth’s dial around the sun.

Sadhguru’s Ugadi Message
Ugadi marks the Telugu new year, and also shares its date with new year celebrations in several other parts of the country. Sadhguru looks at the nature of the Indian calendar and explains why this period of the year was chosen as the new year.

The Significance of Mahalaya Amavasya or Pitru Paksha
Mahalaya Amavasya or Pitru Paksha is an important occasion when one traditionally honors his or her ancestors. Sadhguru explains the science behind these rituals.

Dussehra – Why Do We Celebrate It?
Dussehra or Vijayadashami is one of the most important Indian festivals. Sadhguru explains how each of the days in this 10-day period are significant, and how they can bring success and victory into our life.

Ayudha Pooja – What Is Its Significance?
Ayudha Pooja, the tradition of worshiping our tools and implements, is a powerful opportunity to bring devotion and reverence into our lives.

Diwali – Life as a Celebration
Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time when we can dispel darkness and bring in the light of clarity.

Editor’s Note: If you enjoyed reading about the importance of festivals, take a look at our Indian Culture series.

As the year draws to a close, it leaves us in grand style with many festivals for people of all religions to enjoy. When we talk of festivals the one thing all of us enjoy is the festivities and celebrations linked to it. Every festival has had a historical and/or religious origin while some are linked to seasonal changes but one thing common in all is it brings together people from all walks of life and offers a sense of belonging for religious, social, or geographical groups. It is this particular aspect of festivals that make the celebrations truly grand.

Back in our school days, festivals meant break from school, time to feast, get new clothes, toys and catch up with your near and dear ones. Diwali would be the time when our parents would be saving up to buy some new things for the house. Back then there was certain of kind of innocence linked to the way in which we celebrated all those festivals. It was more inclusive and even people with limited means could join in and enjoy the festivities.

As with everything else the passage of time, the advent of globalization and a booming economy has had an impact on the way of our festivals celebrations today. Today people have better pay and can afford to enjoy the luxury of buying new clothes, gadgets etc. throughout the year rather than wait for the festivals to make such purchases. Festivals have today become a time to flaunt your riches. Festivals celebrations have become more self centered and moving away from its tradition. It is more of instant gratification now. The traditional way of festivals celebrations is slowly taking a backseat now. The simple things that would give us pleasure in celebrating festivals back then no longer enthuse us now. Today the equation has shifted towards money. Money equals happiness. So for more happiness you need more money. For more money you need to work more. Today you wouldn’t be surprised to find people working on festivals and concentrating on their careers rather spend time with their families. It is this change that is unwelcome because at some point in future we would even forget the reason behind all these festivals. We would be celebrating all our traditional festivals similar to Valentine’s day, Father’s Day, Mother’s day, etc. all commercially driven.

The good old ways of festivals celebrations were far better than the ugly show of wealth that our festivals celebrations are getting transformed into.

They say that change is the only constant but some things are better unchanged.

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