In today’s world, finding a reason to enjoy is a blessing in disguise. Everyone wants to enjoy life, but we are living in a mechanised life where we are trying to make our ends meet. But when it comes to celebrations, we forget all our financial problems and look into the possibilities of making these festivities unique with happy hearts and communion.
Festivals always present a different look for different kinds of people, but the end result remains the same, happiness. For a rich, happiness may be purchasing something expensive, but for the poor, it may mean enjoying life with family and friends in a simple way.
Celebrations are like bondage in our lives, which keeps us attached to each other, and results in harmony and progress as a nation. People across the globe opt for shopping during festivities because of the discounts, but unfortunately, in Pakistan, the case is not the same. Here shopkeepers exploit such festivities by making more profits.
Government and some private sector organisations give special bonuses to their employees to celebrate such events, while others arrange money from their own resources. All these celebrations, whether cultural or religious, leads to increase in cash and banking transactions. This means sale of more products and collection of more taxes by the government, which ultimately, improves country’s economy.
By nature, we the Pakistanis look for a reason to celebrate, but on the one hand, the lack of policies on the part of the people at the helm of affairs makes it difficult, and on the other, some unscrupulous elements ruin the events by their immoral behaviours such as aerial firing and hooliganism, forcing the people to stay inside their houses.
On the eve of New Year celebrations this year too, police and other law-enforcement agencies in Karachi took strict action against the uncontrollable young generation by resorting to baton charge. Of course, this pandemonium is unacceptable, and the government functionaries should deal with it with an iron hand, but surprisingly, instead of finding a permanent solution to such happenings, the authorities impose ban on the celebrations, which is unfair.
Likewise, Basant that has become a regular part of our cultural activities is facing a ban for the last 10 years. No one can deny the tragic incidences associated with the event due to the chemicals used in the manufacturing of the string alongside the glass that makes it sharp, but instead of taking action against the manufacturers, the government imposes a ban on kite flying, denying the people of their right to enjoy.
Like other countries of the world, Pakistan also has a long list of religious and cultural festivals; Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha, Shab-e-Barat, Nauroze, Eid Milad-un-Nabi, Pakistan Day, Independence Day, Besant, Sibi Festival, Horse and Cattle Show, Shandur Polo Festival, besides birthday celebrations of our civilian and military heroes, to name a few.
The most important aspect of celebrating a festival is spread of love, happiness, care and improvement in relationships. In a daily routine life, people lack such emotions, but festivals and celebrations help us discover these qualities from within ourselves.
Life is all about happiness and enjoying a festival help us familiarise with various cultures and above all bring positivity in our lives, which was overshadowed by negative thoughts and fear in the shape of a sense of insecurity.
Festivals not only bring people from all cultures and religions closer, but it acts as a stress reliever for all. It diverts people’s attention from their demanding lives towards leisure.
In this era of bloodshed, where most of the countries are dealing with terrorism-related incidents, and Pakistan being the most affected one, celebrating a festival is like getting a new life.
Let’s pledge to celebrate the happy moments of life to the fullest.