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Celebrations are important, they help us keep the lightness in life. Little smiles can account for a lot of joy. After weeks of work, slogging our arses, a weekend of cheer with friends and family makes up for the loss of smiles during the week.
What do I love about celebrations? The lights - the amazing lights, the elegant dresses, the beautiful music, the movement and the joy. The food, the drink, the chats, the pictures & the anticipation of something..something unusual. The crowds, the energy, the love. And of course, those who make all this possible, friends and family.
Celebrations remind us how connected we are to every one and every thing on this planet, that no matter how much we might envisage of being a loner, an individual person not concerned with anyone, not loving & not loved, we are, at the end of the day, a part of a web, the web of the living.This actually is a great thing, as, to some(like me), it gives hope and happiness. How, you ask me, can celebration be an indicative of closeness & connection to one who doesn't celebrate? Well, because somewhere deep inside the person who doesn't celebrate a particular festival knows, that it is a festival that everyone he has ever known celebrates. Not celebrating it also connects him with people he knows are somewhere celebrating that same holy festival. And then there is that non-celebrators group, where people get together & end up 'celebrating' the fact that they don't celebrate a certain day/festival.
Well I love celebrations, there is exchange of love, opinions, warmth, gifts, sweets, chocolates and just a lot of great energy. In 8/10 cases, you end up making a great friend in random celebrations, like for example, a celebration of not being able to answer a certain question in your exam, :P
Celebrations are certainly not useless, each one has its own significance.
Birthdays are a celebration of life on this planet,
Valentine's day is a celebration of love,
Diwali is a celebration of lights,
Holi is a celebration of colours.
And while fathers' day, mothers' day, children's day, teachers' day & friendship day etc are a celebration of family, friends and all those we love and respect, Music and Dance, an epochal part of celebrations(well maybe not epochal, but yeah, quite an inevitable part of it :P), are a celebration in their own, a celebration of sound and movement.
Maybe everyday is not a celebration, but life is a celebration.