Life and Celebrations
Celebration series - Part 7
18, Nov, 2012, by Seema Bhatnagar
* The picture above has a special significance. Red and yellow colors are the most auspicious colors during marriage celebrations and other festivals of Hindus. The symbol "Swastika" signifies the continuity of life and considered as the most auspicious symbol for happiness and prosperity at home.
In all cultures of the world, celebrations of festivals are an important aspect of life and each festival marks some important aspect of life. In Hinduism especially, celebrations take very important space of life and festivals are celebrated very elaborately. The different aspects of life like wealth, health, spouse, children, siblings and wisdom and overall prosperity are celebrated and Gods are worshiped with deep devotion and reverence.
The city, Delhi, India, (where I live), is so diverse in culture that people from all castes and religions come together and join celebration of each festival. One can experience the sense of celebrations on streets and markets especially during Diwali season. Delhi has a unique cultural and festival spirit. After riding the crest of festival wave in northern part of India, that exhilaration, enthusiasm and spirit of togetherness comes to a halt and life again comes back to normal. It really feels very boring on resuming office after a weeklong celebration of Diwali; one literally has to drag self to work.
Celebration is an essence of life, without it life would have felt monotonous. Imagine, if there were no celebrations, our life would have felt like walking machines, working, eating and sleeping according to clock with no refreshing breaks in between. Celebrations pumps in fresh energy and enthusiasm towards life and some of the other important aspects are as follows:-
- Gratitude aspect
- Economic aspect
- Social aspect
Probably, without festivals and celebrations, we would have never thought about the goodness present in our life. A celebration is about feeling grateful and thankful about the fact that our life is already filled with goodness and greatness. The very proof of this is that we are alive and celebrating.
When people celebrate festivals, they buy things and implicitly help many others to make money, though overdose of consumerism is unhealthy for an individual but reasonably spending on occasions really boost up nation's economy. Diwali and Christmas are the two most celebrated occasions in the world and retail business sees the maximum sale during this season.
Celebration means people coming together and spending time with nears and dears, doing so, bring closeness in relationships and families feel connected. Gifting each other on festivals is another way of showing importance for each other.
My Idea of Celebrations
Personally, I am a person who loves to celebrate something or the other every day, does not matter how big
or small it is. I always feel that celebration does not mean only feasting and gifting, it is a deep introspection
about personal joy and happiness present in life and feeling grateful about it.
In everyday life, if I get to eat a sumptuous meal, meet a new person or a friend, if I invite somebody or somebody invites me or achieving some personal goal gives me more than enough reason to celebrate. Each and every activity/occasion which breaks the monotony of life is a celebration for me. I feel, I do not have to wait for Diwali or other major festival to express my happiness, gratitude and enthusiasm towards life. To me, life itself is a celebration if I feel joyful, healthy, and enthusiastic and feel connected to others.
With this blog post, Celebration Series reaches to its concluding part. Thanking all my readers for showing an overwhelming response and readership and for encouraging me to write more.
After reading celebration series, you might have noticed that how each and every relationship is given importance in Hinduism and how relationships are revered and celebrated. How the different aspects of personal development are touched upon through festivals. People do celebrate festivals but they usually have very faint idea about how these can touch upon personal development aspect. If importance of celebrations is understood well, life becomes more interesting and one can feel more involved in life and deeply connected with self and others.
Here are some pictures taken on Diwali at my home.
Images of Goddess Lakshmi(Goddess of wealth) , Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of wisdom), Lord Ganesha (one who clears obstacles), Lord Rama and Lord Hanumaana are placed at a space where all family members can sit on floor and worship (puja) together. The space is decorated with flowers and swastika designed on the floor. The silver coin, beetle leaves with beetle nut are pasted on the images of Goddess Lakshami and Lord Ganesha. Beetle leaves are symbol of freshness and prosperity and it is believed that all Gods reside in its different parts.
Aarti (praise songs) for Lord Rama and Lord Ganesha are sung with earthen lamps and incense sticks. Whole family sings together followed by younger ones in the family touching feet of elders to get blessings.
Rangoli designed by me, a very simple one, with whole-wheat flour, petals of marigold flowers and green leaves of a plant, all natural ingredients as I am a true nature lover.
Rangoli designed by my younger sister-in-law. She is very religious and the whole puja decorations and this rangoli design are done by her.
My home, decorated with lights. The picture is a bit hazy as the air was filled with smoke of crackers.
Wishing all my readers from the very core of my heart, a life full of celebrations. May each and every day of your life present you some or the other occasion to celebrate. May you feel more involved, excited and grateful towards life.
Have a life full of jubilations and celebrations.
With celebrations and love.
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