Festivals are a beauty of any region or country, as there is a famous old saying “The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals”. People around the world celebrate their occasions in a variety of ways and in different forms but their zeal, zest and excitement is the same.
If we dig deeper into it, most of the festivals have some mythical or religious origin. Many of them mark the starting of their holy years or some of them are related to seasonal changes.
My daughters were born and grew up in Hong Kong, an International city, which promotes multicultural environment. They have grown up celebrating and relishing plenty of festivals including Eid, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Diwali, Dragon boat festival, and many more. I always inspirited them to be a part of any occasion they are invited to and respect the associated feelings of people related to it. Now they have entered into their teen age and I see them as open-minded young girls who are confident in their own, yet respectful and accommodating towards people of all different religions and origin.
It occurred to me with the passage of time that the celebration of festivals not only bring pleasure and delight, it also nurtures the “International Mindedness”. It promotes tolerance and understanding towards other people’s traditions, rituals, norms and culture.
International Mindedness was never as indispensable before as it is inevitable right now. Religious disputes, narrow-mindedness towards other cultures and hate speech is gaining momentum. If we begin celebrating various festivals of different origins, it will not only bring in cheerfulness and joy, we can nurture our upcoming generation into more adaptable and considerate beings. Our children are our future and their attributes will become the attributes of the world, we look at.
As Anatole France beautifully quoted “It is enough to open minds, do not over load them. Put there just a spark. If there is good inflammable stuff it will catch fire”.