Introduction

Festivals of Bharat is a beautiful symphony of her spiritual, cultural and national aspirations.

The socio-cultural life of Bharateeyas reflect the rich variety of the life of Hindus as that of their festivals. As many clans and climates, tastes and traits, so many are the variety of festivals, criss-crossed over the entire stretch of Bhaaratavarsha. And yet, underlying their bewildering variety is a deep and perennial current of her sublime culture. The subtle yet all-pervasive concept of Dharma has permeated every one of these cultural-cum-spiritual cum-social manifestations and welded them into harmonious whole. From Kutch to Kamaroop and from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, this grand enfoldment of Bhaarat’s genius is resplendent and growing in variety and richness amidst all her vicissitudes. It is indeed a living witness to the dynamic spirit of her life-mission on the march.

Each festival is unique in its appeal to some vital aspect of the evolution of human soul and human society. On each occasion some of the relevant divine qualities are highlighted and they are clothed in such enchanting allegories and symbols that even the commonest and the lowliest in society find spontaneous joy and enlightenment in them, The message of the Festivals of Bharat is a beautiful symphony of her spiritual, cultural and national urges. The message is as much appealing to the highest impulses of the individual for his self-realisation, as for the all-round fulfillment of social purposes. The socio-cultural life of a body of people is shaped by its basic philosophy of life. To understand and appreciate the spirit behind the observance of these festivals and sacred days, one should look through the concept of the four puruşārthas (ends of human life) namely, dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth), kāma (fleshly desires) and moksa (liberation from the trans migratory existence). The Hindu festivals and sacred days, with their twin aspects of vratas and utsavas, are designed exactly for this purpose of achieving the metamorphosis of the human being from the mundane to the supramundane levels.

In order to provide a comprehensive reference tool for the schools, the way in which the most important festivals are observed at the schools are given in this website. Schools can adopt this.

Utsava Bharati (Events at School)

Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate our glorious heritage, culture and traditions. Samvit Research foundation would like to honor these long-lived traditions for its apparent benefits.

All festivals are cultural in one way or another. There are many types of cultural festivals such as National, Religious and Seasonal. They all serve the purpose of bringing happiness to our lives, and strengthen our sense of community.

Under Samvit Utsava Bharati, these Indian festivals will be conducted in an organized and uniform format in all schools. Children will be familiarized with the local traditions and legends related with the festival by participating in the traditional and fascinating activities related to it.

Celebrating festivals is a great way of teaching children about Indian culture. Knowing more about why a festival is celebrated, what its significance is, and why we started celebrating it in the first place, can help children understand the importance and significance of each festival, and it can also be a great way to impart values to the children.

Involving our children in the decoration process, like rangoli decoration, or making the special festive food is a very effective way of bonding them with our culture. By celebrating festivals together we can instill the right values in children. Festivals are the result of our Time-honoured traditional believes and this will help our Children to learn more about their ancestor’s culture, values and traditions. By this, they will also feel connected to their roots.

Another advantage of celebrating festivals with children is that it makes them realise the importance of team work which is very significant for any successful endeavor. It also creates memories for them to cherish forever.
In order to provide a comprehensive reference tool for the schools, the way in which the most important festivals are observed at the schools are given in this website. Schools can adopt this.

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