Read between the festivities
If you deduce the occurrence of all the festivals, you’ll find a connection either with change in environment or a historical event.
Call it Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Pongal, Lohri or Magh Bihu, all of them represent changes in environment. Some of them are:
1. Sun shifts from Dakshin (Southern) Run to Uttar (Northern) Run.
2. This shift is favourable for spiritual awakening and fetching grace and also for growth.
3. Favourable growth condition makes it suitable time for harvesting.
If you sum up all the activities and rituals during these festivals, you’ll end up coming to either of these scientific reasons. Well yes, that’s also how all the 4 days of Pongal bring together farmers’ families to worship cows and cattle & gather near the river banks for feast. That relates to the beginning of harvesting period, doesn’t it?
Oh wait! Then why are sports such as flying kites and cockfighting done? What does that relate to? Well! It relates back to history over 100s and 1000s of years back when Kings took joy from such activities. Why do it today? Arey Bhai! Fun naam ki bhi koi cheez hoti hai na! Festivals are all for fun, right? And why not? After all we work so hard and get few days off. Why shouldn’t we celebrate it the way we want? Why shouldn’t we affect environment & ecosystem adversely? Why should we care so much when the time is so limited? Working hard gives us authority to behave the way we want and right to affect anything whatsoever. ‘Even if it is a part of us!’ If you read this through and reached till here, you might be thinking that this was a vague caption. Well yes! That’s because it replicates my thoughts when I see all this. Making cocks fight with knifes in their legs? Like seriously? This vagueness in caption shows my mental state when I see humanity melting away. I feel helpless as people responsible for the mess will perhaps never be reading this.
This kite is one of the three kites I found on my apartment terrace. I also gathered exceptionally long majha (thread used to fly kites) around my building area and disposed it off safely so it doesn’t affect birds flying around.