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Kalyani Nandurker suggested in this forum to start a topic whether all religious celebrations in public should go on as in the present time or scrapped altogether or need to change their accepted format? 

What do you think – Do we need them in their present form or these celebrations should stay within specified areas or to make it more practical within devotees’ homes to save public from noise, traffic jams and other unwanted disturbances? 

 

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  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    Celebrations should be like that no one gets disturbed. I had a temple nearby my rented house when I used to do a job in bhiwadi and I know how disturbing it was when they used to turn on bhajans and loudspeaker on in early morning. I complained but was of no use as no one else supported me. I don't know if people there were afraid of pujaris or they were too religious and not used to get disturbed like I used. 


  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    I think religious celebrations should not be in public, it should be in specific areas like for one area one place is allocated to accomodate the celebrations. In this manner it will be easy for the public to commute, not get disturbed.

    For this the only drawback that can be is that there will be a lot of rush in the celebrations as the area people are concentrated over there.

    The solution could be that there can be different timings for different sections of the same area to visit. Though it may sound impractical, I think this is a better way to celebrate than celebrate in every street for Vinayaka Chavithi, Navaratri, Dusserah, etc which causes huge inconvenience to the public, old or young alike.

    Celebrations like Sankranthi (Kites Festival), Diwali need no restrictions in terms of area of celebrations except for the timings (restricted timings for celebrations, like upto 10Pm celebrations). 

    As on today this is the first Idea I can think about for festivals to go smoothly. I think it is a very relevant & useful topic & am awaiting for some more thoughtful responses from our Community members.


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  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    Karl Marx rightly said that God and religion are opium of the masses. There is no logic nor analysis when it comes to the subject of religion and religious structures. I have witnessed several cases where everything including personal relationships get sidelined because of religious beliefs. People , especially Indians somehow feel the need to advertise their beliefs in the loudest manner possible , without caring for the impact it might have on other people's lives. In a multi religious society like ours it can also lead to dangerous and unhealthy precedents. Since religion has become a powerful tool in the hands of our leaders , it is understood that they would never take any religious issues head on..

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    Religious beliefs are very personal to any human and it is a personal choice. In an Indian society it is very related to emotions and sentiments of the people. But everything in the society should be practiced with a civic sense. In our society people go overboard with all religious practices and it at times causes a lot of inconvenience to public life. People should have the freedom to follow their religion but they should be well aware that they live in a society and have social responsibility too. Moreover, we pass on the same to next generation. A peaceful practice  of religion is more preferred in a civilized society. 


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  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    Confining the festival celebrations of India in room or locality would take away the true essence from them. This is what separates India from any other country where you don't have the freedom to celebrate any festival openly. Since India is the biggest democracy in the world and is also one of the most liberal country in the whole world, putting restrictions on religious celebrations will surely hamper the democratic image of India. The way people play Holi in groups, the way people celebrate Deepawali & Dussehera brings out sense of brotherhood among all and it also gives people break from their mundane life. But discipline should be observed in all celebrations, for example in Ganesh festival,Ramadan, Eid or Durga Pooja huge possession are carried out which might cause traffic jams. Even at all religions possession are carried out they should be carried out in proper lanes, leaving place for traffic and emergency vehicles such as ambulances.

  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    Religious beliefs are personal matters. But to expect devotees to confine their celebration within their homes would take away the essence of celebration. Celebration of any festival is not only a matter of sharing religious beliefs but also an opportunity to socialise, to spread joys and festive mood around. That's why people visit each other, exchange sweets and gifts in many of the festivals. If everyone were to celebrate every festival at home, it would take away the fun of celebration. 

    But at the same time such celebrations in public places should not cause nuisance to others.


  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    I have visited different countries due my professional requirements including Asian, couple of European (now mostly the part of the then Russia) and Canada (for a short business tour of 5 days) 2 African countries (having the same signal system what our PCO equipment have). Now I am living in a city of Australia for at least 6-10 months every year since 2013 where people from 80 different cultures and countries including Arabian, Chinese, Indiaan, American, European live but have yet to see a single religious procession, listen firecrackers, loudspeakers except the public announcement system on rail stations. Yes, I have seen and heard low sound firecrackers on certain occasions in Diamond Harbour area organized by local government. You will be surprised to note that I have not yet seen a dead body being carried because all the formalities of last ritual are carried out at funeral homes which arrange and manage everything including carrying a dead body to cremation or burying, or even repatriation if desired so.

    I would like to give you more of my views on religious and personal celebration in public in my future posts if required, thank you.       


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  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    Basically religion which is a man made institution evolved to regulate human behavior. What a contradiction , to see that it has become a dividing force in recent times. I have seen the large scale celebrations of Ganesh Chaturti in Mumbai when the city almost comes to a stand still , blaring music and noise from every side , and the Pooja celebrations in Calcutta. Now there is politics even over that with the leaders favoring one community's celebration over the other thereby creating unrest. In my own place the dasara celebrations are enjoyed by all because of the manner in which it is organised. Traffic is directed through alternate routes and it is brought to the notice of people through local news paper and pamphlets. The main issue is making sure that the public is not inconvenienced

     

     


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  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    We must not compare India with any other country. India is country which  cluster of different religions. What happen is European countries and middle east it is not question. I listed about tomato festival, I don't remember name of country. Tell they celebrate this festival in rooms. They spread to much filth in this festival. Our constitution give us right to follow of religion. Every religion have some ritual. Some of them can celebrate inside but some at outdoor. Burning of Rawan's manikin is not possible is houses. It is opinion celebrate festival in this way that it may not disturb and hurt others. In many cities of India, using of sound system after 10.PM is prohibited.


  • Re: Group Discussion- Do we really need religious celebrations in public?

    by » 12 months ago


    India has so many religions and so many festivals. Imagine if we let all festivals interrupt with the regular day to day life then how much inconvenient it would be. Sometimes people go overboard with their celebration and many people suffer. One should keep in mind that our freedom to celebrate should not cause harm or loss to anyone. Moreover, every religion teaches about being grateful to environment. So one has to be mature enough to see if their celebration is damaging the environment and quality of life of people around it. If it is so, it beats the real purpose of celebration and actually demeans it.


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