A festival is a joyous occasion, a time of celebration. It is a day which is of social and cultural importance, marked by the following rituals and traditions.
Every country, every culture and every region has its own festivals, which are given due significance by its people, who make sure that it is celebrated in the right manner, in the best possible way.
People commonly associate festivals with gifts, sweets, prayers, new beginnings, happiness, celebrations, and prosperity.
There is one more thing that is a common feature in festivals, one which is often overlooked. That is, unity – yes, festivals are also a symbol of unity and togetherness.
There is no festival, no tradition or ritual in the whole world which is meant to be celebrated without the company of others. Rather, it is quite the opposite – during these times, it is thought that the more people are present, the merrier.
Festivals are a time when one wishes to be with their family and friends, with their loved ones.
It is in these times that people forgive and forget past grievances, arguments, or feuds, and try to make a new beginning, be it in their personal or professional life.
During festivals, there is an air of peace, harmony, happiness, and prosperity all around, and people share their traditions, their joy, and their celebrations with others, irrespective of their socio-economic background.
Thus, the true spirit of our festivals is the togetherness, unity, and brotherhood practised by us.
So, this Holi, let us all come together, join hands, and celebrate not only the festival of colours but that of unity as well.
Happy Holi to one and all!