The word festival brings up so many flash words in our mind – cleaning up, decoration, joy, celebration, rituals, togetherness, heritage, culture, traditions.
The excitement of the pre-festive preparations when we clean up our houses, discard the old unwanted things in the wait to welcome the new. The joy of sharing the laughter and specials moments of togetherness with our loved ones. The power of the rituals combining the yantra, mantra and tantra that makes us continue to have faith in the higher power. The process of celebrating the end of festivities in the hope to welcome them in the next cycle. Festivities bring with them so much of positivity and leave us with so much of hope. Probably that’s the reason when we send a festive wish to someone, we always begin with ‘Happy ……’.
I came across this beautiful quote by Siddharth Katragadda which says, “The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals.” Isn’t that so true? Festivals carry thousands of years’ worth of culture, traditions, folklores, rituals and deep wisdom that are so timeless. They uplift you at a holistic level giving you the wisdom and awareness that connects you to your roots.
The practices that mostly all communities around the world follow during festivals have such simple yet meaningful impact on our lives.
Take the practice of cleaning for example. At the onset of festivals, we usually clean up our homes. Did you know that a simple practice of cleaning up releases all the stagnant energy in the house and creates free flow of energy that makes your home so much more welcoming?
You must have noticed the use of bells in many festivals. Did you know that the use of bells had a very scientific as well as spiritual significance? Ringing a bell is a combination of impact and sound. The sound waves that emit as a result of ringing a bell, have the capability to travel far and help is realigning the air molecules. This helps in cleansing your space and making space for new positive energies to fill in. It also leaves a very calming effect.
In lot of traditional festivals, the use of natural smoke like dhuni, incense sticks, natural herbs, cow dung, smoke of the coconut husk or wood is used. Natural smoke is a powerful smudging agent that helps in purifying the air and providing a natural layer of protection.
Chanting mantras is an ancient practice during festivals. Mantras help you connect your body, mind and spirit. Repeated chants of the mantras raise your vibrations and allows you to detoxify, turn inward and connect with your inner spiritual awareness.
One of my favourite mantras is ‘OM’. This simple word is so deep that in the yogic culture, OM is considered to be a complete mantra in itself. OM is a combination of three syllables A, U, M and each of these syllables vibrate at different parts of your body. ‘A’ represents creative energy and vibrates at the base of your naval, ‘U’ represents the sustaining energy
that travels up to the processing centre of your body – your heart and ‘M’ represents the transforming energy that travels further up and vibrates at your third eye. The mantra represents the union of the body, mind and the soul.
All said however, I love that fact festivals are not just inclusive, they bring everyone together at a same level bringing out the best in them, depicting a pure manifestation of the power of positivity. They also encourage each one of us to celebrate them in our own way. The way I celebrate festivals may be different from the way you do. Festivals belong to all of us and yet they are ‘festivally yours’
Happy festivities to you!