India is the most festive nation and festivals constitute a major part of the country’s cultural heritage. We have arrived the season of Diwali and we would like to introspect on how with times, our way of celebrating festivals has changed.
Let’s take for example, the 90’s. Majority of the people would agree that this was the best time to celebrate Diwali. People would wait eagerly to meet and greet others, exchange gifts, sweets and celebrate Diwali like the grand festival that it is. Waking up early in morning for the Abhyanga Snaan (first bath) with utna is considered very important and back then everyone followed this virtue of bathing before sunrise. Shopping used to be a very special juncture as it was occasional and it happened only before Diwali, unlike today where we shop on every other weekend. Kids made a list of names of crackers beforehand so it would be convenient for purchase in the market and on the main day of Diwali there was the thrill of who would ignite the first bomb of the day and commence the celebration. People, young and old, gathered to see the rockets flying high and kids rejoiced as it burst into many sparkles, spreading smiles on the faces of everyone who saw it. Kids would light up the sursuri and run around screaming “Din Din Diwali!”Houses were decorated with lamps and lanterns. Diyas were lit to fight the darkness. All in all there was a beautiful festive vibe going on all around.
Now, with times, celebration of festivals have also changed. We have become too busy paying attention to immaterial things that we are forgetting about festivities. Instead of wishes going out through a warm hug, they go out as text messages and statuses on social media. There is no importance giving to waking up early and the festival day is treated as any other regular day. With the concerns of the environment, fire crackers have been reduced- which is a good thing. But what about the other components of the festival? We are slowly losing the concept of making of faraal (snacks) which was a big deal back then where women and girls made snacks for the entire neighbourhood and for whoever visited their homes. It was a fun-filled activity which brought everyone together. Now, people hardly give attention to it and some of them even purchase it from outside.
Remember the mud forts also known as Shivajinche Kille we made in the old days to pay respect to Shivaji Maharaj? We must teach this generation about these valuable traditions which are slowly slipping out of hand. History is important for everyone to learn about in order to know our roots and where we have come from. In some aspects, we are becoming better like instilling the sense of environment protection and spreading the awareness of air and noise pollution. We can do this with the same amount of enthusiasm which we had in the past. We, at Mirador, focus on bringing back the same sense of happiness and togetherness. In short, we believe in having “Woh Pal, Once More!” Let’s come together and try our best to keep up the spirits of the traditions that we have been following and be proud of who we are. Team Mirador wishes you all a very happy and safe Diwali!
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