My favourite festival is Sri Chinmoy's birthday. I rise at about 05.30 and sing the Invocation, a song paying homage to God. This is followed by other songs and periods of silence.
The Sri Chinmoy Birthday festival lasts for 48 hours really. I join with about 1400 friends and we sing, recite, perform plays, tell jokes, have skits, etc. All day.
But actually we start the day before His birthday. Post an all-day function, we then have a 47-mile race which starts at midnight and lasts for about 8 hrs for the slower ones. Afterwards, there is time just for a quick shower and breakfast and to make it to our Aspiration-Ground for the Sri Chinmoy Birthday Celebrations. It last all day. We entertain, laugh, pray, eat chat, see our dear friends from around the world and meditate for long periods, come rain, cold or sun. We are always happy!!