The meaning behind all these festivals

It is always the rainy (or snowy) season all year round, here in Ontario, even as it’s the rainy season on the Subcontinent as the Monsoons bring fresh bounty to Mother Earth.
India’s rainy season is lays the groundwork for the start of the festival season, which is generally considered to start in September and extend through to end-November.
What really is the meaning of the festive season?
The word Utsav is derived from the Sanskrit Utsava, which itself comes from the word “ut” meaning “removal” and “sava” which means “worldly sorrows” or “grief”.
A festival itself may be observed with acts of worship, offerings to deities, fasting, feasting, vigil, rituals, fairs, charity, celebrations, Puja, Homa, aarti, etc. But they all basically tend to celebrate the goodness of man — or to awaken the latent goodness inherent within all human beings (and quite irrespective of creed or faith or religion).
So as we celebrate our various festivals in wonderfully multicultural Canada, which we’ve adopted as our own, and which has given us a place to call our own… that’s something to remember.

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