Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Great Indian Procastrinator

Festivals are great procastrinators.

And they are used with good effect in India. A box of sweets, a hug or a handshake and a few sweet mumblings is all it takes to wipe the slate clean. A Makar Sankranti is a good occasion to forget all past issues and begin a relationship afresh. Not only for Sankranti, the thought largely applies to all festivals.

However, is a festive wipe of the slate necessarily a good thing? How many of us can withstand the guilty come clean so easily?

We are a nation which sleeps in guilt over ghosts we may have never seen. We are subconsciously troubled over the fact that, as much as we celebrate our diversity, it is still the root cause of all dissatisfaction among masses.

We are still unsettled by the fact that while we may exchange material posessions over Diwali, a part of this world may never see a festival that offers so much visual delight. And yet, it is the festivals which we hope will act as the leveller to all our follies, ghosts and greviences, every time.

My strong opinion is, that a festival only partially manages to succeed in the mission it sets out for. The purpose can be only fully served if every time, we vow to neutralise the negatives our follies, ghosts and guilts. And this, I believe, can be done only through constructive resolutions.

My question therefore is - shouldn't festivals be an occasion for new resolutions?
What do you think? Share your thoughts.


Tamanna said...

Why do we need festivals for resolution? Why can't we let matters resolve themselves when the time seems right? Why do all the festivals have to be spent with the "whole family"?

Indian festivals are losing their touch.The new generation doesn't care about Diwali or Raksha Bandan or whatever else.Festivals are just another day off from work or school for us.

sushilsingh said...

Dear, Friend
Makar means Capricorn and Sankranti is transition. There is a sankranti every month when the sun

passes from one sign of the zodiac to the next. There are twelve signs of the zodiac, and thus there

are twelve sankranti's as well. Each of these sankranti's has its own relative importance but two of

these are more important - the Mesh(Aries) Sankranti and the most important, the Makar(Capricorn)

Sankranti. Transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn, during the winter solstice in the

northern hemisphere is known as Makar Sankranti.
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Anonymous said...

are u then trying to say dat d reason to celebrate the festival itself does not quite matter..