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Holidays or Holy-Days – The Importance of Festivals


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Kalyani Shankar is a mother of twins and works as a German Linguist in an MNC. Amidst the jam packed busy life of a working mother, she looks forward to spending quality time with her kids when back home. Kalyani loves to introduce thought-provoking and fun activities that interest children. As a Balvikas spiritual educator for children, she strives to include ‘Spirituality and its Relevance’ in daily life situations and mentors parents on the same lines.


3 thoughts on “Holidays or Holy-Days – The Importance of Festivals

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    Hi Kalyani

    Very good and relevant post. This is something that I often think about. I make it a point to celebrate every possible festival with my husband and daughter. Does it require a lot of effort? Yes! Am I tired sometimes? Yes! But when I see the joy on my daughter’s face when it all comes together – the prasadam, decorations, puja – it’s all worth it!

    I believe it is very important to introduce our children to traditions and festivals that have been a part of our culture for hundreds of years. It gives them a sense of identity, helps them stay rooted and also understand values that are important to each religion, culture, and country. Of course, each generation makes its own adjustments suitable to the environment and times and this is natural.

    When my daughter grows up, she may or may not choose to follow all that we have taught her, but that is her call – at least, she will be aware of our traditions. I don’t want her to grow up and say that she feels sad that she does not know much about Indian culture – it is such an important aspect of our identity, no?

    And of course, as you rightly point out, there is so much of fun, bonding and love to be had during festivals!

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  2. Jayaram

    Great article. The importance of festivals and introducing kids to them is becoming more and more important in a globalized world. Having a global outlook is great, but as one grows older having that mindset with an awareness of ones roots becomes very important for spiritual growth.

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