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

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Seasonal festivals depend on changes in weather or on cultural practices of people. Thus sowing of crops and onset of summer or winter gives reasons for celebrations. Here we see some such festivals from around the world.

Festival and social connections

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”, Mahatma Gandhi
“A real friend is one who walks in, when the rest of the world walks out”, Walter Winchell

Most of change in society depends on festivals. If you inspect that cauldron called customs, you will see culture has a big list of which festivals is an important item. People are choosy and therefore we have festivals that are time based and those that are based on culture and tradition.

One way to categorise festivals is to put them in this fashion.
a) Traditional festival
b) Celebration
Here we see some seasonal festivals. You can treat it as a celebration or as a tradition of the people.

Seasonal festivals

a) Planting of crops (Harvest of crops):

Most celebrations around the world, celebrate their annual harvest by giving thanks to the gods. Timing for this is usually set by the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon occurring when Autumnal Equinox sets in. Music, merriment, romance and of course, plenty of food accompanies these celebrations. It goes by the name of Harvest Festival in America and European countries, Holi, Vaisakhi, Makar Sankranti or Thai Pongal in India, and Mid-Autumn Festival in China. In Philippines, we have Flores de Mayo, in Malaysia and Indonesia, the Gawai Dayak, eight-day festival of Sukkot for the Jewish people. Japan has Koshogatsu ushering in the New Year and falls around 15th of January.

b) Onset of rains

a. Vietnam: Palau Sah is the rain festival of Vietnam. Calculation is based on lunar calendar and falls around 16th May. People worship the agricultural god and pray for more rains.
b. Bergen, Norway: Rain Festival is conducted every year in Bergen, Norway in October. High point is the parade through the town of Bergen, “Raincoat and Umbrella Parade”. This festival no longer takes place according to latest reports.
c. Haritilaka Teej: Celebrated during the onset of monsoons, this is celebrated by married women. The Indian Cobra is worshipped by offering it milk.
d. Onam: “God’s Own Country”, Kerala celebrates Onam with ten-day feasting, annual snake boat races, song, dance and merriment. Amazing floral arrangements are part of this celebration.
e. Adiperukku: During mid-July August, women of Tamilnadu celebrate Adiperukku.
f. Behdienkhlam: Monsoon celebration of Meghalaya is Behdienkhlam. Young men dance in muddy water to drive away evil spirits. This takes place in month of July.

c) Onset of winter and summer

a. Jul, Norse New Year: This 12-day celebration marks the beginning of the Norse New Year. Odin charges across the sky on his eight legged horse and represent hope and fervor.
b. Thurseblot: This takes place in honour of Thor who drives back winter so that spring may set in. It occurs on the full moon of January.
c. Ostara: Eostara is the spring goddess representing fertility and rejoicing. Rabbit is the representative animal. Two festivals that have found their way to modern times are the Easter Bunny and the Easter egg. Exchanging colored eggs was a part of celebrations of Ostara.
d. Midsummer: Summer solstice is celebrated to mark the sun at its peak. This was the time for overseas trading, hunting and fishing.
e. Samhain: Beginning of Celtic dark half one of the two doors of the year. Winter sets in and people begin to slaughter animals in preparation.
f. Beltane: The beginning of the Celtic bright half or summer. Samhain and Beltane are considered male.
g. Imboic: This falls on Feb 1 between the two doors. This is female.
h. Lughnasadh (or Lammas): This is the other female forming fourth quarter for the year.

Festivals inspire people

We have to strive to be there. It is like a stream that is flowing; though there is water always, it is not the same. Something has changed. We do not order events for they are passages of time that we sometimes want or need to tread. Festivals need participation, like the dress we wear. Unless you are in it, they have no use to you. Every door is closed, until you open it. If you do not want to cross over to the other side, you will never look for the door, and it will remain shut, possibly for the rest of your life.

Bring the cheer into life

Festivals have one common goal, betterment of mankind and womankind. By giving a reason for people to be happy, you have given them new impetus in life. And you do not choose the festivals, they just happen.

Achievement is a personal thing. If you keep comparing your life to that of others, you will never be a success. If you know what you were and are willing to change, then you will get ahead much faster and in a better manner.

Give festivals importance and you will enjoy them more
Festivals thus make society a better place to live in. it breaks down barriers and builds up bonds. All over the world, this rule holds good. If your town has more festivals, it is a progressive one and you have to be glad you are part of it all. Indian celebrations are full of pomp and gaiety. Use travel apps to make your trip pleasant. Also use the proper kit and footwear like sandals to be comfortable always.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Oct 2014 (#)

Every culture has their own festivals and you are right they bring people together.

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author avatar snerfu
5th Oct 2014 (#)

We only dance to a different tune mostly at the same time, like onset of spring.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Festivals unite us with a spirit of camaraderie and the underlying factor is thankfulness for the munificence of nature with us being part of it spreading gaiety around us. Lovely share, Snerfu - siva

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author avatar snerfu
7th Oct 2014 (#)

I read that several times without stopping for breath or water and I am sure I appreciate the lovely nature that has made you pen those words and the underlying factors that would be there all around. Lovely comment Siva. Your eye is improving dramatically.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Beautiful insights snerfu....thank you.

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author avatar snerfu
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Yes Ms Powers, "...let the rest of the world.." while we enjoy what we may. People really do not care what it is so long as it is there. You are different 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 (#)

Thanks for everything Fern, cheers!

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

Oh my god your most of the post publish Nice very nice........

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author avatar snerfu
27th Oct 2014 (#)

I like festivals and wait for them. Thanks for stopping by.

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