Impact of Festivals on Social Strata: Festival from Around the World – Part I

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Society is made or interwoven threads of culture built on religion and traditions. One such tradition is festival where people in the society come together to celebrate and make merry.

Social impact of festivals and celebrations

“The secret of getting ahead, is getting started”, Mark Twain
“”If you can dream it, you can do it”, Walt Disney

Society depends on festivals, culture has a big cauldron called customs of which festivals is an important ingredient. However, there is a link between two things always. One is that of celebration with weather. The other is celebration to commemorate achievements and important events that have transpired. Festival is the time when people share sweets and gifts.

Festival groups

Festivals may broadly be classified into two categories.
a) Seasonal festival
b) Celebration
Seasonal festivals comprise of religious and social events that occur at fixed times of the year. Onset of rains, onset of summer or winter are all seasonal occasions. Celebrations are based more on the culture of the people. They highlight certain aspects of their lives that they want to share with everyone. At festivals, food festivals and cultural extravaganzas are conducted to show some special skill of people of that locality.

Man marks passage of time

The major impact of festival on society is that of progress. It marks changes and achievements, it keeps reminding men and women that they have achieved a lot and are on their way to a lot more.

Religious festivals

Commemoration of gods, reigniting old beliefs and honouring old traditions are part of all religious festivals.

a) Buddhist festivals
a. Vesak: This festival celebrates the birthday of Buddha. It occurs on the first full moon of May.
b. Buddhist New Year: This is a three-day celebration beginning from full moon of April.
c. Uposatha: Celebrations of holy days in each month – new moon, quarter moons and full moons. Buddhists undertake fasts on these holy days.

b) Christian festivals
a. Christmas: On December the 25th every year, Christians from around the world celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ. The celebrations usually last until New Year, which is 1st of January the next year.
b. Easter: Feast of resurrection of Jesus Christ celebrated on the Sunday after Palm Sunday.
c. Sabbath: Holy days when Christians go to church and abstain from work. This is on Sunday every week.

Continuing Festivals

c) Hindu festivals
a. Dussera: Ten-day festival to commemorate the victory of good over evil, this festival celebrates Goddess Durga and victory of Lord Rama.
b. Diwali: Festival of lights, Diwali follows Dussera and demarks the planting of Rabi crop. Fireworks are the highlight and all streets are filled with bursting crackers.
c. Holi: This festival takes place in Phalgun Purnima that is towards the end of February. This festival of love also celebrates triumph of good over evil. Pichkaris are special hand held ‘water pistols’ filled with colored water. People spray each other with coloured water on Holi. There is also a big holi bonfire, where people dance around and have fun. India is an enchanting place.

d) Sikh festivals
a. Guru Nanak Gurpurab: Birthday of Guru Nanak, this festival falls on 22 November. Candles, firework and divas are lit for three days. In the Gurudwara, non-stop forty-eight hour reading takes place of Guru Grant Sahib. On the day before, they take out a procession led by Palki (palanquin for Sri Guru Grant Sahib) along with Panj Pyares (Five Beloved) singing songs.
b. Holla Mohalla: This is day of “Sikh Olympics”, the day when mock battles take place as a demonstration of the skills of the participants. Gatka (Singh martial arts), swordsmanship, falconry and horse riding are usual events. This takes place on March 17.

e) Islamic festivals
a. Ramadan: Beginning of Islamic festival of Ramadan falls around Jun 28. The exact dates are dependent on the position of the moon. The end of Ramadan is celebrated as Eid-al-Fitr on 28th July.
b. Muharram: This is the Islamic New Year. Usually it falls towards the end of October.

Enjoy your festival

Life has plenty to offer, or too little. This essential difference is evident in people who start and those who do not. Of course, you need a dream first, something that is your own. Festival is time for sharing and a time for caring. All over the world people of all social strata mingle and become one for a brief moment of time. Festival is a kind of magic you have to experience.

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author avatar Ptrikha
3rd Oct 2014 (#)

Great writeup on the festivals celebrated in the different parts of the world.

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author avatar snerfu
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha, festivals are important as they are the base of culture.

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Very informative article! Blessings.

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author avatar snerfu
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. Good to find you around.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Oct 2014 (#)

You've included many festivals here, and good job, but I got confused with the number formatting. A and C are in section headers but not B. And I think D&E should have been under new headers.
Simple enough to fix if you want to.

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author avatar snerfu
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Yes Phyl, even I was wondering what to read after I finished section a. Guess I will add section b so others will benefit. And Phyl, you are a good friend.

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author avatar Retired
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting and informative. namaste, rd

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author avatar snerfu
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Many thanks rama devi ji. Namaste.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Festivals keep us going, take us back to our roots. We are enriched by them - let us keep them ever green for our future generations - the more the merrier. Great presentation and write-up, thanks Snerfu - siva

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author avatar snerfu
7th Oct 2014 (#)

I am indebted to you Siva for your fervent efforts that bring a new light to my articles and also to generations of the future. Hope your Diwali is growing brighter by the day.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Lovely celebrations -all!....:0)

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author avatar snerfu
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Much delighted Ms Powers

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting post and one of a kind writing!

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author avatar snerfu
14th Oct 2014 (#)

Sure thing Mr Mc Costigan. Thanks.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

very interesting, thanks for sharing it with us

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author avatar snerfu
27th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Chauhanji happy you like it.

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