One day of celebration

06 Aug
Ayushi Jolly

Hello everyone!

Today morning, I woke up to a really nice breeze and thought of talking a walk to the market. There I noticed,the excitement among people over the festive weekend and how much they were preparing for the days. For those who aren't aware,it's friendship day and Rakshabandhan. So,the market was decked up early morning with the gift items and bands. My concern here is that is funny how people do not tend to care about each other for years and then this sudden love and affection arising for the festival day. The shallowness of festivals in modern times, amazes me. What are your opinions?

Responses 7

  • Anjali Deshmukh
    Anjali Deshmukh   Aug 15, 2017 06:49 PM

    Hey hi, 

              I would say that just as not all apples are sweet similiarly not all people are sweet enough to celebrate festivals from heart. Our country is the only one which is so diverse yet so united. I am proud to say that in such a diversified country all the festivals still exist.

                             In the early ages each festival had a significance, a reason to celebrate. And people did it with joy and true happiness. Festivals were not just festivals. The gifts which were given or received were the token of love and gratitude which were held inside for an year. But today things have changed for majority of people. Any festival is just meant as a holiday to sleep or take a break from work. No more sentimental affection. The gifts are given just for the sake of it. This rationalism has come in because of various factors such as - westernization of country, more workload, spending less time with family, long distance relationship and so on. All this has brought in a different culture in which somehow the true meaning of festival is lost.

    Raksha bandhan is a beautiful festival. The mark of the bond between a brother and sister. The rakhi tied by the sister signifies the bond of love and a faith that her brother will protect her under all circumstances. It is a pious relationship. Similiarly friendship band tied between friends is a sign of friendship. It is not necessary to show case your rights over someone by tying rakhi or friendship band. But this day actually serves as a special moment to be cherished for a whole year. Very few people believe in this.

    But I hope that our Indian culture never dies off as this is what we are and this is who we are. This is our identity and our uniqueness.

  • Shreya Narayanan
    Shreya Narayanan   Aug 10, 2017 06:23 PM

    Hii there,

    To be completely honest,even this shallowness surprises me at times,and it's not just on these specific festivals,it is during every festive day,be it independence Day which is round the corner or be it mother's day. I'm damn sure,every person will be glued to the television for watching any patriotic movie and then all the patriotism goes away once the ending credits are flashed.

    I'm not blaming technology over here as it has been proved to be a boon more than a bane,but don't you see the paradox in which we're living? Mobile,social media and apps have made our lives so simpler and it's easy to connect to anyone sitting in the U.K. also while skyping with someone living in Israel. But the sad part is, communication,no matter how closer we are virtually,we have lessened the time we give to our close people and focused more on how to gain likes and sweet comments. Even if technology has enveloped our connectivity yet we somehow want to escape this chain.

    Coming back to festivals, it may seem absurd that a person who's never texted you, suddenly drops a msg of happy friendship's day. You're taken aback by it,yet you feel happy because he/she thinks about you. What I suggest is,go out and hang out with such friends,do stuff,chill and create beautiful memories with them. Tie colourful rakhis to those you've been tying already or find new trustworthy brother/s for life. But never make such occasions the only time you'll get together and make the most of your time. Call them occasionally,let them know you love and care about them,just as they do.

    This is my opinion. Have a good day.

  • Shanmugi B.P
    Shanmugi B.P   Aug 08, 2017 06:38 AM

    Hi!!!

       Hope you are doing well. I can clearly understand about your concern. Nowadays people feel more delighted only when there is a celebration. The main reason is the trending technology which made us to live near rather we are far apart. Wherever we live we can easily communicate through the social media and stay connected with the people. Also if you feel so sad and miss the person just a click in whatsapp we can have a video chat with the person.

     

    So, we people never know about the value of something until we lose it. Also people nowadays always run for their life and fails to enjoy the present. So, they don’t have time to spent for their family and friends. When they were free they can only get into family and friends. So, it’s totally due to trending technology and people’s fear about their future life.

     

    Hope it helps you!!!

    Take Care :)

  • Shubhanshi Singh
    Shubhanshi Singh   Aug 07, 2017 03:24 PM

    Hey there! 

    Interesting concern. I totally get this. It's hypocrisy to celebrate one thing one day and then forget about it the very next day. We celebrate friendship day once a year and then do nothing to celebrate friendship, is it right? No, it isn't. A relationship like friendship should be appreciated every day. But assigning one specific day to celebrate it doesn't devalue it. Something is better than nothing. It's better to celebrate atleast once than to never celebrate it. 

    Same with other festivals too. Few of these festivals have logic and reasons behind it. You can't celebrate Diwali anytime of the year. It has history behind it. Besides the idea of festivals is to bring people together and enjoy that day. This provides an essential break from everyday hectic life and better interpersonal skills with enhanced socialising skills. 

  • Radhika Goel
    Radhika Goel   Aug 06, 2017 11:49 PM

    Hii, hope you are doing well. 

    I partially agree with you that festivals do not have the same meaning as they did years ago. They are born out of tradition and religion and they are not always celebrated with the same reverence. While it is necessary to continue traditions I would like to portray a different perspective. With westernisation and development, people have become exceedingly busy with their lives and sometimes cannot find the time to meet their friends and relatives. I think it's beautiful that festivals give us an opportunity to get in touch with our loved ones and share the day with them despite not being able to spend time with them the entire year. Just like everything else has changed over time, maybe we can continue to celebrate festivals but with other important meaning attached to them.

  • Rasi M Sethia
    Rasi M Sethia   Aug 06, 2017 06:33 PM

    Hey,

    What I think is that not all people celebrate festivals just for the sake of showing. There are people who understand the true meaning of these festivals. These days everyone is busy, in work, in studies, in maintaining home. People say that they are so busy that they don't have time to meet their loved ones. For these people festivals becomes the basis to meet everyone. During the festivals the entire family is together, the entire friend group is together. No matter how busy everyone is, they take out time from their busy schedule for their loved ones on festive days. Why will people pretend to be excited for the upcoming festivals if they don't have to meet anyone and doesn't care about others? Why will they waste their time and money buying presents for them? People don't like staying alone. Some are so stuck in their busy lifestyle that they find ways of meeting their family and friends, spending time with them and relaxing. I would say that it's just the matter of one's way of thinking. People get excited for festivals because it becomes an escape route from their tied-up lifestyle to meet their loved ones. I think it doesn't matter if you don't know true meaning of a festival if that's the only way you get to meet your family and friends. 

  • APOORVA PANDEY
    APOORVA PANDEY   Aug 06, 2017 03:20 PM

    Hey,

    I totally agree with the fact that people are losing the real essence of festivals. Rakshbandhan , friendship day round the corner, I actualy got messages from even those 'friends' whom i had literally forgotten. Indeed, there is no point in celebrating festivals when you don't get the real meaning of them correct. You are never there when your friend actually needs you and then suddenly pop up a message on a particualar day and then you are doen. Doesn't really make sense.

    Festivals had a great significance in earlier times. People cared foreach other whenever they needed them and then yo celebrate that bond came together on a particular day. Today when the basic are and love has got erased from people's heart, celeberating , just for the sake of it ,doesn't really appeal to me. Theh core values which we all had before are fast eroding. it is because of our self -centered attitudes that we have lost the true meaning of coming together and celebrating. Festivals have never been 'shallow', the humans who carry the traditions forward without realising their true meaning have bceome one. It is so much better to care for one complete year than to exchange gifts on one particular day.

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