Festivals symbolize people's cultural, social and religious aspirations. Festivals
help Indians lead a fuller and better life and also remove its monotony
by providing physical diversion and mental recreation. Indian festivals
have a universal appeal, a common purpose and a special meaning.
To an Indian wherever he or she is, be
it in the north, south, east or west, festivals are days of special significance,
different from ordinary days, and designed to serve a special purpose.
While preserving certain aspects
of Indian civilization and culture, festivals promote social unity, camraraderie,
mutual help and cooperation, and provide a means of enjoyment
and recreation. At the same time, they emphasize the moral and spiritual values
of human existence with self-discipline and austerity.
Most of the festivals celebrated
in India are common to all parts of the regions and people.
Makara Sankranti, Holi or Spring festival, Navratri or Durga Puja, Diwali
and New Year are celebrated in every home in the same spirit, in the
same manner, on the same day and with a shared elation. Festivals
are thus they are a symbol of a unity, inspired by the same ideals and objectives
of life. Though living in different climates, different regions and speaking
different languages, there is a fundamental unity of ideals, of communal aims and aspirations,
which run through the life of the people of this