The Festive Month
The Festive Month
By Anubhav Anand
My father was with the International Airports Authority of India due to which we pretty much shuttled between Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkatta. Apart from all the different cultures of these cities there was always one thing in common that I always looked forward to – The Festive Month. From the Pujas to Dussera leading up to the big day of Diwali and then Bhai Duj.
This is probably the only time I wish that it were nighttime all throughout the day so that the shimmering of the millions of lights that decorate the city is never-ending. Festivities somehow translate to an overall positive energy. People seem happy, they spend money giving businesses a booming time, Bollywood has its top blockbuster releases lined up, etc.
Another fascinating thing about these festivities is that unlike a lot of festivals (also holidays), these festivities are best celebrated in your own backyard and people tend not to travel away from their homes. A lot may have to do with the Goddess of Wealth – Laxmi visiting :). And you don’t want to be away when she might just pay a visit to your house.
There is also something Organic about these festivities that gives it that nostalgic feel and somehow very connected to the roots of the reasons of celebrating them. The mitti ka diyas, the sweets, the mythologies, and the people greetings… everything seems like what they say about the good old days.
Diwali has always been my favorite festival and it’s always best spent with family. The joy of being around the loved ones on festivals double-folds its value. Of course the friends are more visible during this time of the year at parties and taash games.
I wish you all a very Happy Festive Month from the Living Local team and hope you enjoy and spread the positivity all around. Be good and be safe.
- Living Local