Social impact of festivals and celebrations
Society depends on festivals; culture has a big cauldron called customs of which festivals is an important ingredient. However, there is a link between two things always. One is that of celebration with weather. The other is celebration to commemorate achievements and important events that have transpired. Festival is the time when people share sweets and gifts.
Festivals may broadly be classified into two categories.
a) Seasonal festival
Seasonal festivals comprise of religious and social events that occur at fixed times of the year. The onset of rains, the onset of summer or winter are all seasonal occasions. Celebrations are based more on the culture of the people. They highlight certain aspects of their lives that they want to share with everyone. At festivals, food festivals and cultural extravaganzas are conducted to show some special skill of people of that locality.
Man marks passage of time
The major impact of festivals on society is that of progress. It marks changes and achievements, it keeps reminding men and women that they have achieved a lot and are on their way to a lot more.
Commemoration of gods, reigniting old beliefs and honoring old traditions are part of all religious festivals.
a) Buddhist festivals
a. Vesak: This festival celebrates the birthday of Buddha. It occurs on the first full moon of May.
b. Buddhist New Year: This is a three-day celebration beginning from full moon of April.
c. Uposatha: Celebrations of holy days in each month – new moon, quarter moons and full moons. Buddhists undertake fasts on these holy days.
Creating a milestone, festivals help to inspire man in his daily life. People look forward to this, as a break from routine.