Sunday, November 4, 2012

Real Celebrations of Life

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 33; the thirty-third edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The theme for the month is 'Celebrations'

If we were to go by the dictionary meaning for Celebration it says, "to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities or to make known publicly or proclaim or to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies; solemnize"
Need I say the moment one reads these words, images of the respective meanings take us down the memory lane to our favorite festivals, our birthdays, our promotions, achievements, targets met, house-warming, new assets, a new born in the family, foot-tapping music along with dance, delectable delicacies and last but not the least weddings! 
"Celebration" in simple words signifies manifold joy and triumph in numerous ways. Behind all these special occasions goes a lot of preparation, hard work, sincerity and mostly a lot of purchasing. Would it be appropriate if I call it a journey? A journey of anticipation. With each passing day you are one step closer to exuberance. We all know what awaits us. A special day over-flowing with smiles, near and dear ones around, aroma of joy in the air, rosy-cheeks with glistening eyes, plentiful camera-clicking, guests dressed to perfection, ceremonies/festivities/achievements/additions elevating the present state of being. 
A moment when you are uninhibitedly enthusiastic. 
But this reminds me of the childhood joys, when I used to play with my friends and the excitement that followed with the winning score. It reminds me of the grey clouds and rains on a winter night. How can I forget the act of bunking college for movie plans with friends. My first kiss reminds me of how my heart skipped and tickled at the same time. The moment of getting a surprise from someone. Being appreciated. Receiving compliments. Praying and wishes fulfilled. First bike ride. Ironically these moments do not require any preparation and are little celebrations of life without any decorations. They can not be artificially created or planned. They can be felt as we live each day, as we grow old.
But how many times have we paid any heed to the these little celebrations? How many times have we clicked ourselves candidly and admired it? Ever looked at your childhood albums? I am sure you will find many such moments captured. 
As we grow older, our heart gets lured with the grand celebrations in life. Which is absolutely not wrong, the nature of "celebration" is such that as years pass by we eagerly wait for these significant days in our lives. Undoubtedly they are memorable and popular. But what we overlook is that the "real" and spontaneous joys(celebrations) of life are unlimited and can be relished anytime without any anticipation or preparation. They are as special as our festivals, as our achievements, weddings, new assets. They are gala in nature too if rejoiced effusively!
So this festive season, I have a sweet and simple wish - May we celebrate the festivities of life and not just the festivals/days in a year. 

Happy Celebrating!


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31 comments:

  1. You said it right celebrations is what makes us live & crave for happy times ahead & hold onto lovely memories of lost time. Yeah I kinda agree that with time the definition of celebrations transform into much of an elaborate happenings but finding small moments of joy in life is a challenge we all should try & figure out. Pretty nice post. all the best for BOT33 :) Take care

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and encouraging me like always Tanya :) ..
      Next I am doing the Liebster Post.. :) Specially for you..
      *Hugs*

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  2. A lucid post... as logic as clear as water... a good read. Cheers and Best of luck for BAT.

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    1. Thank you so much Muthu! :)
      When I was drafting this I knew what I was writing but for a second I thought the reader would definitely curse me..for sounding contradictory!
      You remark means a lot to me :) Thanks for the wishes, I will be reading your entry soon :)

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  3. Megha.. SPOT ON! This article sums up beautifully. Our life has become a fast-paced roller coaster ride. It is filled with twists and turns, chills and spills..... so, we do not have the time to open our eyes to see the little joys around us. These days, people are celebrating success, promotion...etc, which as Tanya said correctly... has changed 'the definition of celebrations'...sigh!
    Wonderful blog, Megha....
    ATB for BAT!

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    1. Thank you Panchali :) .. m glad you liked the article and could relate with my words.
      Thank you so much for the wishes :)

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  4. Handshakes with logic ;) lovely writeup...goodluck

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    1. :D .. Thank you :) glad you liked it..

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  5. Hmm vry nyc post... You put your views vry nicely..i liked it...keep writing happy diwali..:)
    and thaks fr visiting my blog.. And for droping comment that is big compliment for me that u feel my post is eye opening fr others.
    Plz keep visiting.. All d best thanks

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    1. Thanks Ajnabi, m happy that you liked my work too.. Sure I will try to keep in touch :) Thanks for your wishes! :)

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  6. You have hit the nail on its head... Celebrating life and its simple pleasures... All the Best:)

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    1. :) Thanks a ton for your words of appreciation Reshma! :) They are encouraging.. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a remark.

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  7. Oh I love that part where you were reminiscing your happy childhood days and naughty teenage years!

    Reminds me too of how happily I spent those years...but now, I am suffering from mid-life crisis...which others tell it happens normally to all!

    Lovely post my dear! Truly a celebration...ATB for BAT 33 ;-)

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    1. :) Thanks a lot Amity :)
      I so agree with the mid-life crisis.. *same pinch* :)

      Thanks again for visiting and dropping by.. :)

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  8. "May we celebrate the festivities of life and not just the festivals/days in a year." - I completely agree with you. Life should be celebrated in the best possible way. Excellent message !!!

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    1. Thanks Green :) for your words of appreciation! m happy..

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  9. gud logic...clear thoughts...so true celebrations is in every small achievement and/or moment
    ATB for BAT :)

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  10. Celebrate the small things of life, cause the amount of joy and pleasure you have to celebrate the unplanned things is a lot different the other way. :)
    ATB for BAT! :)

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    1. Absolutely :)

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a remark to encourage me Ritvik :)

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  11. Celebrating every moment of life should be the spirit ... nice post ...

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    1. :) Glad you could relate with my write-up.. Thanks Amit, I was moved to read your story this time!! Simply superb narration.

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  12. Yes, I agree, Life is full of celebrations. Some are individual and some are collective - that is the only difference!

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    1. You have nailed it! I missed to mention this point, but recently when I celebrated my Birthday I realized that sometimes when we wish to celebrate, dress up to receive compliments we remember/miss our loved ones..
      So :) I totally agree with you! :)

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  13. Aah!! looks like we both penned down on the same note * same pinch * ouch!!..Festivals only ,should not be the reason for celebrations... festivities of life are more important..I agree I agree..
    ATB for BAT
    A very Happy festive season to you.. :)
    Cheers

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    1. I could so relate with it, before reading this comment I ..voted for you.. :P
      so.. I am glad *mutual feeling* at both ends.. :) I absolutely agree!
      Wishing you the same this year and for years to come.. *A Happy Living* :)!!

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  14. This is exactly the point which I was trying get across through a story, which Ms.K didn't appreciate (Na, not the point - the story) LOL.

    'uninhibitedly enthusiastic' - woah! such a lovely phrase!

    And so sorrie for dropping in this late.

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    1. :) .. Shri.. your writing is exceptional! I would wait to read the novel you are working on ;-)
      Thanks for encouraging me, by pointing out the phrases you liked! :) I often do that with poetry.. :) Please don't be sorry..m glad you visited me again :)
      Wishing you a Happy Festive season and a even happier living :)

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  15. Visit backs are courtesies and I shall always observe them.
    Wishing you too a celebratory festive season :))

    Your writing is wonderful - especially the clarity in thought that comes across, it's quite enchanting to know someone who can thaw their thoughts and share the finer ones so easily.

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    1. :) You are always welcome here..
      and I am seriously flattered, keeping in mind your critic-comments on everybody's work.. :P .. :)
      Thanks a lot for encouraging me :)

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    2. Shit! You made me conscious now! :P

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