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CELEBRATION IS A JOYOUS DIVERSION

CELEBRATION IS A JOYOUS DIVERSION
There are many things that we cherish in life and ‘CELEBRATION’ is one that gives us immense joy and thus plays a vital role in everyone’s life.
Celebrations are synonymous with enjoyment and fun. Celebrations refer to birthday parties, social get togethers, festivals, vacations, picnics etc. They all have a significant role to play in making us happy. On such occasions we come together with family and friends – a group that gives us a sense of belonging and with whom we look forward to spending happy times.
Children are the ones who are most excited during all celebrations. They look forward to all the
interaction and the goodies that come with celebrations – the gifts, the food, new clothes and
accessories and not to forget the lee way they get from their parents.
While we meticulously clean and beautify our house to welcome the guests for the celebrations. With
great care and responsibility we make sure everything is just as we would like it to be to please the
guests, which in turn makes us happy. But as we are engrossed in celebrating are we paying attention to the being responsible towards our surroundings? Are we taking care of our environment? Are we
making sure that we are not burdening this planet with plastic, Styrofoam etc? While we make sure our guests do not go hungry are we paying attention to the fact that we are not being wasteful?
When we go on picnics we want to go to a place that is beautiful and clean where there is no stench of
rubbish. But do we make sure we leave that place clean void of all rubbish before we leave?
Without music celebrations seem lackluster. It adds a lot of fun but are we making sure we are not
creating noise pollution and disturbing the neighbours? For a long time we have celebrated without
giving a thought to the carbon foot print we leave behind. If we continue to do that we and our children will not a livable planet. Immersion of idols made of toxic chemicals, bursting crackers causes pollution and a great deal of damage to our environment which often leads to diseases.
Does that mean we should avoid celebrations? Of course not! Celebrations bring us happiness and that
brings a smile on our faces and gladness in our hearts so we must enjoy and celebrate. But Celebrate
with responsibility not just towards our loved ones but also towards our planet Earth. If we do that we
will be able to celebrate for a longer time and the smile will not just be on our faces but even our abode
– Planet Earth will smile and bring us happiness.
Corita Kent and Jan Steward put it aptly when they say:
“Celebration is a kind of food we all need in our lives, and each individual brings a special recipe or
offering, so that together we will make a great feast.  Celebration is a human need that we must not,
and cannot, deny.  It is richer and fuller when many work and then celebrate together.”

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