Where were traditions born from? How did they sustain for so long? Why are they still having importance today too? Why are they valued more than reason and why aren’t they cross questioned?
The birth of traditions mark something extraordinary, some historic that impacted vast majority of the people. Many of them are to remember those hardships and adversities faced many to celebrate a happy cause. Traditions grow with time, many of them are lost, many revisited, many challenged, many changed and many happily celebrated. Mythology and religious beliefs also give birth to traditions. Some are followed in fear of rage of their god, some followed to correct an error committed, some to please their gods and some to honor the lives of the previous generation. They require specific operations and duties to be performed in specified time, sometimes by a particular person or group of people.
Traditions are valued because they are inherited from the older generations. We attach feelings we have for our ancestors to these traditions and hence they are of immense importance to us.
With the advent of the diwali season, the people in India start practicing their traditions in bulk. From food, decorations, shopping, worshipping, greeting, and many more… we have plenty of stuffs to do. All of the people try to illuminate their houses as much as possible with the help of earthen lamps and electric lights; they do so to emphasize the triumph of light over dark. Each part of the country has a different myth for why they celebrate deepavali;
With the advent of the diwali season, the people in India start practicing their traditions in bulk. From food, decorations, shopping, worshipping, greeting, and many more… we have plenty of stuffs to do. All of the people try to illuminate their houses as much as possible with the help of earthen lamps and electric lights; they do so to emphasize the triumph of light over dark. Each part of the country has a different myth for why they celebrate deepavali .In northern India, they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana .Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.
Maybe there are some traditions we need to change this diwali season. Like excessive use of electricity during the festive season. In the past people used to illuminate their house with earthen lamps, which did not use any electricity. But nowadays people tend to ignore the fact that the tradition did not mean to exploit the limited resources we have on earth. Misinterpretation of tradition has led to chaos resulting in excessive consumption of electricity, increased air pollution. Maybe we need to realize the fact that though traditions are important but we must check them using our rational minds. Instead of celebrating deepavali individually, community festival could be given priority. Beautifying the surrounding of our houses doesn’t mean illuminating it with variety of lights. Along with cleaning of our houses, we could clean our surroundings too, prosperity and health arrives when surroundings are clean.
We as humans want to be rich and want money to fulfill our desires, while chasing our dreams usually the greed of money takes over our rational brain. Many of us term the money earned through wrong methods as “lakshmi”, we need to understand that, according to Hindu mythology, and lakshmi is the money earned by means of honesty. And she won’t be pleased by means of fraud. So instead of chasing after money, glitter and sounds, try to celebrate this diwali by taking care of your loved ones, your society and your surroundings.
We need to ask questions, take stand on whets right, change things which are wrong. So that in future too, our children could celebrate a happy deepavali.We wish a very happy festive season to you all.