JAI HIND | IMPORTANCE AND RELEVANCE OF NATIONAL FESTIVALS

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  How oxygen, food & water are essential for our survival same way celebration of national festival is essential for our existence in this world. It fulfill us with patriotism which  bring along a spirit of love and devotion for the country also National Festival strengthen the social relations and communications which leads to unity among people and also bring us more closer to our nation which is helpful in promoting the national harmony.  

Independence Day, 15th August celebration  is a way to remind the people about our hard earned freedom and that we must respect and value it more.It is of great importance to all the Indian citizens, thus everyone actively participates in the national festival celebration every  year. Independence Day reminds us of the heroic deeds of our leaders and freedom fighters who helped us attain freedom. This is  the main reason why we celebrate our national festivals with pride and love for our country. If our brave freedom fighters would not have been sacrificed we would not have even been able to breathe freely in our country. Forget about the national festival celebration  our revered religious festivals would also not have been possible.

 On this day : India celebrates three National Festivals – Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti. We the citizens of India celebrate these festivals with full favour. For India, 15 August is a golden day of her re-birth, a new start. At the midnight of 15 August 1947, the British rulers handed the country back to its Indian leaders, ending a remarkable 200 years old struggle and India became a sovereign nation. 

The Prime Minister of India hoists the Indian National Flag from Red Fort every year. This is followed by 21 gun shots to salute and honour the Indian flag and solemn occasion. The Prime Minister then addresses the citizens of the country. Numerous events are organized in various places throughout the country in   entire atmosphere is infused with love and devotion for the country.  Many educational institutes also organize kite flying competitions which is also a way of expressing the  freedom.    On these days we honour those great souls by singing songs and reciting poems in their praise. It is a great site to see little children dressed up as various freedom fighters on this day.

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In present scenario  it is very much relevant because it reminds us and repicturise the sacrifices of our freedom fighters which inspire us to maintain our freedom and do our best for our motherland . Patriotism doesn’t require a special date or occasion to express itself. The only thing needed is that we should have immense amount of love and respect for our country. We should not confined patriotism to these selected days only and national festival celebration doesn’t only mean flag hoisting, singing our national anthem and participating in competition on subjects of nationality but it will be worth celebrating if practically we take care of everything like plantation, garbage cleaning, recycling, rejuvenating our mother rivers ,protecting our forests , providing healthy and encouraging environment to growing children, respecting our elders, maximum utilization of renewable energy resources.

If  through out the year we do all these definitely we will feel proud while flag hoisting and that will be real tribute to our revered freedom fighters. During our freedom fighter’s time Britishers were our biggest and worst enemy but in today’s scenario corruption, poverty, environment problems and many more big issues are our worst enemies which we have to eradicate. When we remember our national heroes, their working policies it guides us in dealing present crisis.

So it is very much relevant to celebrate our national festivals because it invokes  the feeling of patriotism in the people of our country and inspire them to become soldier. Our heroes ideology leads us  on every step andinspire us to work towards its betterment and development and also gives  a sense of belonging and a responsibility towards our country. Many questions arise in our citizens mind like– Has India’s growth happened in real sense? But growth of any country is this all about? all these growth  matter less until all the problems related to humanity is solved in real sense. Like this question arise in every citizen’s mind and live example of this is mushrooming NGOs in INDIA which are crusaders of humanity. To encourage them and motivate them several awards are there for such crusader in  India.  

Do we really love our country? If it would have been true our news papers would not have been filled more than 50% with demotivating news. Whenever we celebrate independence day this question arise in every citizen’s mind and force them to do conscious efforts towards positive growth of our beloved country.

Celebrating independence day don’t allow us to divert from our right path but encourage us to take up new resolution every year  for our motherland’s real growth. I feel proud to be Indian because our country has taught us that the meaning of life is not only  to live but live with dignity, respect others rights and understand own duties and responsibilities.

                                             – JAI HIND –

 

Author BioPRAGATI NATWAR BHATTAD, a 12th standard student from Mumbai.A participant of Monthly Essay Competition, October,2018.

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