Thursday, November 08, 2007

Diwali ??

A few days back, we had gone to a shopping complex with the whole team for lunch. The complex was beautifully decorated with all the glitters, streamers, lights.. The whole place wore a very festive look. It was for the upcoming festival of Diwali. While we were gazing at the decoration, one of my team member asked surprisingly: Why is this complex decorated? As per him there was no Chinese New Year or some 'American' festival round the corner. I looked at him back, in surprise. Then reminded him, that all this is for Diwali.

His question left me thinking. All of us work for MNCs, where the interaction with onsite is so much, that we forget ourselves. We work according to their timings. We wish them on their festivals. We get holidays according to their feasibility. Are we becoming slaves of MNCs? Are we losing our own values and traditions? We look forward to Christmas and New Year, since during that time we can take long holidays. We will celebrate Halloween, Thanks Giving, 4 July but we forget our festivals of Eid, Holi, Diwali, Rakshabandhan. If we cant even remember our own festivals, specially the biggest festival of the year : Diwali, what is the point of earning so much.

American and British culture has become an 'IN' part of our culture. If we dont know about their holidays or festivals, we are considered backward. I want to know how many Americans and Brits know about 15 Aug or 26 Jan or Baisakhi or Lohri.

I hope that we, youngsters maintain our traditions and pass this on to the next generation otherwise the day will not be far, when we will only hear about Diwali and celebrate X'Mas. As for me, this Diwali holds not festive spirit. My tears refuse to stop and my heart does not want to celebrate, even though I like this festival so much.

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