Festivals : Upholds Culture and Brings Joy of Togetherness

22/10/2023, SUN

#Founders’ Pen

I am writing to emphasize the profound significance of festivals in our rich and diverse country, India. Festivals in India are not merely celebrations; they are threads that weave the cultural fabric of our nation, binding us together in unity and harmony.

Our festivals carry centuries-old traditions, values, and customs. They serve as a reminder of our shared heritage, teaching us to respect and appreciate the diversity that defines our society. Diwali illuminates the triumph of light over darkness, symbolizing knowledge dispelling ignorance.

Holi, the festival of colours, exemplifies the joy of unity in diversity. Eid fosters the spirit of generosity and communal harmony. Christmas brings in the value of compassion and sacrifice. Each festival carries unique teachings, promoting understanding and acceptance among all.

Furthermore, festivals play a pivotal role in promoting social cohesion. They provide opportunities for families and communities to come together, reinforcing the importance of togetherness and mutual support. Through these celebrations, our children learn invaluable lessons about empathy, compassion, and the spirit of giving.

In the spirit of these festivals, let us embrace the diversity that makes our country extraordinary. Let us celebrate our differences and similarities alike, fostering an environment of love, acceptance, and understanding within our school and beyond.

Added Part about Dussehra

Now, that we are celebrating Dussehra with great fervour and joy I would like to say a few things about this festival in particular.

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, holds immense social and religious significance in Hindu culture. Socially, it symbolizes the victory of good over evil, encouraging people to embrace righteousness and reject negativity. The festival fosters a sense of unity and joy within communities, as families come together to celebrate. It also promotes cultural harmony and understanding among diverse groups.

Religiously, Dussehra marks the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, signifying the victory of dharma (righteousness) over adharma (unrighteousness). It is a time for devotees to reflect on moral values and spiritual principles. The day is often associated with the worship of Goddess Durga, representing the divine feminine energy and strength.

Dussehra instils moral and ethical lessons, reminding people of the importance of truth, courage, and compassion. The celebrations strengthen social bonds, promote religious tolerance, and inspire individuals to lead a virtuous life, making it a vital festival in the rich tapestry of India’s cultural and religious heritage.

Wishing you all a joyous festive season filled with love, compassion, and unity.

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