When we were children, celebrations were all about holidays, feasts and new clothes. These mini vacations were all we could think of. The anticipation of reuniting with cousins and siblings, and the trepidation of meeting smothering aunts and uncles gave us butterflies in our tummies days before the elaborate festivities began.
As years have gone by, the butterflies have perhaps flown away, but the thrill has remained. These grand reunions have become an excuse to take time off busy schedules. Yet, festivals continue to bring back those happy memories. A sense of belonging takes over, leaving us warm inside, untouched by the chaos outside.
“Festivals can generate shared positive experiences, thus leading to harmony and social wellbeing.”