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Most Popular Autumn Festivals
Autumn is one of the pleasant seasons in the earth. It is one of the seasons among the four main seasons. It is the transaction from summer into winter. It generally comes at the end of summer and beginning of winter in the month of September when arrivals of nights come earlier. This season is the season of festivals. This season brings joy, fun along with it during the festival time. People use to celebrate Halloween festival, Canadian Thanksgiving Day, In India two big festivals are celebrated during this time that is Diwali and Durga puja or Navaratri or Dussara.
Thanks Giving Day
– This is a harvest festival day which is celebrated in America and in Canada. People of Canada generally
celebrate this day on the 2nd Monday in October and the Americans
celebrate it on the 4th Sunday in November. This is the main or
annual holiday in Canada.
People give thanks to God for the harvest and also express gratitude in
general. The day was first celebrated by the pilgrims of Plymouth
colony after surviving their first brutal winter in New
England by giving thanks to God for helping them. They had taken
three day feast providing enough for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. This
feast consisted with Pumpkins, Lobster, Venison, Fish, Clams, Fruits and Squash
etc. In Canada
it is a liturgical holiday. Churches are decorated with cornucopias, pumpkins,
wheat sheaves, corn and other harvest bounty. In Canada the history is different. Martin
Frobisher was trying to find a Northern passage to go to Paccific Ocean
after facing difficulties he returned home safely and organized a formal
ceremony to give thanks to god for his survival. From that time this Thanksgiving Day
has been celebrating. People use to celebrate it with food, ceremonial dance
and also by sending scraps to their relatives, friends and their beloved
Durga Puja Festival – This is a well known and one of the biggest festival in India. This is the annual or major festival amongst the Bengalis (people of West Bengal). This puja or festival generally takes place either in September or in October. An idol of Devi Durga is made to worship. She is worshiped as the goddess of Sakti (power) as she demolished the demon king Mahisasura to bring peace in earth and also to give people and other god relief. This festival is a five days festival namely Mahasasthi, Mahasaptami, Mahastami, Mahanavami and finnaly Mahadasami. This festival ends on the fifth day with the immersion of Devi Durga. People during this festival wear new dresses, gather with their friends, relatives to enjoy, they visits pandels to see the idols of Devi Durga. A huge crowd comes on the road and people visit over the night. Restaurants, food stalls are seemed to fill up with customers and even temporary street food stalls are also made. This craze of enjoyment continues for five days. From a child to an aged person all use to enjoy this festival with great enthusiasm. and also wish their friends, relatives, beloved ones with scraps, SMS , This festival brings peace, love, prosperity and people forget all about their worries, problems during his festival.
Halloween Festival – This festival is generally celebrated on 31st October throughout the world. It has become now a secular holiday. It is a mixture of Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together as time passed on, and create this holiday. This holiday is also known as ‘Allhallows or Hallowmas’. People believe that Nicholas Rogers expand the birth of Halloween. Extending the line between life and death, plenty and paucity, fall and winter, this holiday is for celebration and of superstition. It gets its root from Celtic festival of Sanhain and from the Christian holiday All Saint’s day. People believed that on this day dead can come back to the earth and ancient Celts would light bonfires and would wear customs to prevent these ghosts from roaming. On this very occasion people use to attend Halloween parties and also decorate their houses. People enjoy their parties by playing games called apple bobbing, trick or treating, wearing costumes of ghosts, carving jack-o’- lanterns. They also watch horror movies, tell horror stories, and visit haunted attraction to celebrate this holiday.
Diwali Festival– This festival is also known as Dipabali. This is a festival of light. It is joyful celebration of triumph of good over evil. People believe that the fireworks that spread light generally reduce the evil to ashes. This festival is a festival of light. There are so many stories behind this festival. According to the famous epic Ramayana, people of Ayodhya decorated the whole city with lights and lamps and candles to celebrate the return of when sri Ram after defeating the rular of Lanka, Ravana, along with his wife Sita to Ayodhya. Some say that on this very day Sri Krishna demolished narakasura. Again a story is there that King Bali got back his kingdom on this day. Generally Diwali held on mid November. It starts from Dhanteras. Devi Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity also is worshiped on this day. This day signifies the beginning of a new time by doing away all belongings and all wares. People enjoy this day by decorating houses with flowers, candles, artificial lights, worshiping Goddess Lakshmi, Firecrackers are also used for enjoyment. Devi Kali is also worshiped on this day. This festival give us lesson that happiness and sorrow is a part of our life. Lightening lamp is a way to make our life bright by pervading darkness.
Autumn is a time of festivity; it is a time of enjoyment, to have fun and to make life beautiful with a new beginning. The whole atmosphere is filled up with joy, fun. The whole atmosphere becomes colourful with the colours of festivity, its own specialty and significance and with the craziness of individuals to get fun and to enjoy as much as they can.