Sunday, January 8, 2012

Are Festivals worth it?

There was a time when I used to celebrate all the major festivals at home. Not necessarily because I believe in the rituals, but because I thought it was good for the kids to have a strong cultural foundation, so they could take their own decisions later on life. I would drive myself crazy putting up appropriate floral decorations, making sweets, dressing the kids in traditional wear.

Till I realized nobody really enjoyed it.

I’ve now decided not to celebrate any more festivals at home. At least I no longer wear myself out, and them scream because I am tired.
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Flashback 2011- October
The photograph was taken on Diwali, the Festival of Lights- maybe the last time I celebrate any festival at home. The picture, taken in October, forms a part of my Pictoral Flashback of 2011.

2 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - I think festivals can be an incredible amount of work so I don't blame you one bit for deciding not to go through that effort. There are lots of ways to give your sons a strong cultural foundation, and you are already giving them a strong and solid family life. That's what matters most.

Jan Morrison said...

Just having come through Christmas, when I am not even a christian (though raised as one) I can concurr. the whole thing gets so out of hand. I say take the parts of the festival that you and your family DO like and practice those. It might be special food or the flowers or just a chance to appreciate beauty. Who knows...that's what I'm trying to do.

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