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Holi- the festival of colours has just gone by and was celebrated with a lot of fervour as always. But there was a thought that cropped up my mind in the evening when I was all exhausted with the celebrations and later with an unsuccessful attempt to get rid of the colours. This thought was ....Why do we have so many festivals? Why do we need to celebrate all of them? What is the point of all this when at the end of it all we get so tired?
I know I sound like a spoil sport but seriously ....has no woman (whether working or stay at home)ever in her life thought like that. We already have so much to take care of in our lives and then these never ending festivals add to the never ending chores we are expected to do.
With Diwali, comes the burden of cleaning the house tirelessly and then redecorating it. Then comes the big question of who has made what delicacies at home and all women want to outdo each other in their culinary skills. Then the pressure of looking one's best ( after all these tiring days.....whoa).
Though this is just one section of the society (albeit a larger one). There's another section which is also busy.....like making the domestic help/staff do all the cleaning and cooking . Still , they get busy doing the shopping, attending / organizing parties and outdoing each other whether it's the outfit or the jewellery or the expensive gifts.In short , these festivals are tough on our pocket as well as time, sometimes health too. Then why celebrate them?
Oh yes!.... I remember why..... when I was small these festivals meant meeting relatives and friends, eating sumptuous food, buying new clothes and yes.......... holidays! And my parents ensured that we celebrated each one with lots of enthusiasm . And because of that I know what each festival means and why we need to celebrate it. And more than anything else, it means coming together of a family be it by eating together or by burning crackers or applying colours or flying kites.
And so , no matter how tired I get I am going to pass on the same values and traditions to my daughter through these festivals so that she can pass it on to her kids. So.....another festival coming up...Bring it on!