For me, new year day or a festival has least significance. As many say, it is going to be one another day. Just after the clock strikes 12 in the night there is not going to be dramatic change in our lives or to this world. Only important day for me would be my birthday which is very different to me alone.

But, point is not that. Celebration and festivals are important. One simplest reason is that it provides a milestone and reminds us that time has indeed flown.[1] But important reason is that it brings so much diversity and colour to otherwise normal routine life. It might be just another day tomorrow, but today is something special. In preparation, in anticipation and in celebration lies little joys of life.

Sometimes, the forward I get would be related to what is going on in my mind. This time it hits it right on::

What does it cost to have a celebration….

A winter evening.
Four friends.
One barsaati.
Four glasses of chai.

Hundred bucks of gas.
A rusty old bike.
And an open road.

Maggi noodles.
A hostel room.
4.25 a.m.

3 old friends.
3 separate cities.
3 coffee mugs.
1 internet messenger.

Rain on a hot tin roof.
Pakoras deep-frying.
Neighbours dropping in.
A party.

You and mom.
A summer night.
A bottle of coconut oil.
A head massage.
Gossiping about absent family members.

You can spend
hundreds on birthdays,
thousands on festivals,
lakhs on weddings,
but to celebrate
all you have to spend is your Time.

Yes, time is what we need to spend. But unless something forces us to do it, we would not. Thus it is important to celebrate everything – from small achievement to big festival.

[1] I am sure most of us will remember the previous year of the same festival/day and think how soon we have come here and say “it was just yesterday..that it happened..” I often think, that speed is because we can condense the series of normal days to one. There is nothing to remember about them. If we had 365 separate special days [as in festival days] where in each day would make us remember it, next year event would not look as yesterday.

5 thoughts on “Celebration

  1. A winter evening.
    Four friends.
    One barsaati.
    Four glasses of chai.
    &
    3 old friends.
    3 separate cities.
    3 coffee mugs.
    1 internet messenger.
    .
    .
    all you have to spend is your Time.

    WOW!!! so very true!!

    //Thus it is important to celebrate everything – from small achievement to big festival.

    Ya………………… 😀

  2. A winter evening.
    Four friends.
    One barsaati.
    Four glasses of chai.
    &
    3 old friends.
    3 separate cities.
    3 coffee mugs.
    1 internet messenger.

    So true!!!!!

    //Thus it is important to celebrate everything – from small achievement to big festival.

    Right 😀