Sunday, October 11, 2009

74.T-20 festivals

One festival is barely over and another is round the corner. We have hardly been through with Durga Puja and Deepawali is knocking at the door. Around the year, we celebrate one festival or the other, but festivals are no longer the same. They do not bring the same joy and inspire the same involvement any more. There is no eager wait and no elaborate preparations. We seem to be celebrating them, because we have been doing so for ages. Indifference of the youth is particularly noticeable. I am not very sure as to how many of our festivals will survive a few years from now.

One of the reasons why we celebrated so many festivals was, perhaps, lack of alternative sources of entertainment. Festivals were what people looked forward to. These provided moments when they could get away from their everyday chores, when they could sing, dance and generally enjoy themselves.

But now, there are films, TV, internet, video games and what not. These seem to be much more absorbing and entertaining than festivals. These can be enjoyed within the comfort of one’s home and can be customized to suit one’s convenience. Youngsters find the festivals old-fashioned, time-consuming, tiring and boring. In their heart of hearts, even grown-ups feel the same way. We seem to have neither the time nor the taste to enjoy our festivals the way we used to.

No surprise, some of our festivals have all but vanished and some have shrunk in duration. Like Test cricket, festivals are falling out of favour. We must learn to live with T-20 festivals.

8 comments:

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Festivals are a way of keeping up with traditions. So, as long as they are observed, they will still live! However, there's always 'easier' ways of celebrating - we live in the internet world!!

nituscorner said...

may be we will have online pujas from now on.

How do we know said...

hmm.. this post definitely set me thinking.. in our family, we are pretty useless that way.. the festivals are all awaited and all of them are prepared for with a HUGE sense of anticipation.. in growing old, i realised the importance of having these anchors in our growing years.. so am seriously trying to give it to my child too..

R. Ramesh said...

haha liked nitu's comment..ya time has changed yar..activities have changed..i think it is a natural process and v can do nothing much abt it..just live on our own way, what sy? cheers buddy..

kavita said...

I make it a point to celebrate festivals we have so that these tradition pass from our generation to the next smoothly...i tell them stories related to the festival,try to involve them in a way or another like plucking flowers or helping in puja preparations like arranging the fruits platter etc.....THANKFULLY,we don't watch TV too much,kids are allowed only one hour on week days and one and half on weekends ...i watch tv only after they sleep .I have seen families loosing touch with each other because of too much of TV...ONE of my relative gave her husband Phenyl instead of cough syrup because she was too busy with her soap-watching..

Sucharita Sarkar said...

You are right. Society has always been evolving, and festivals, which are occasions for social gatherings, have also evolved and changed along with society.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

You are right. Society has always been evolving, and festivals, which are occasions for social gatherings, have also evolved and changed along with society.

exposemaximum said...

I hardly celebrate festivals these days.