A festival just for saying thanks to the sun. The sun which nourishes our earth, gives us warmth, stimulates growth and allows us to see and experience life. And expects nothing in return.
How beautiful. A festival of gratitude. Celebrated all over India – the harvest festival is a time of hope, joy and gratitude from a bountiful harvest. It’s celebrated to hail the dawn of a period of light and the end of winter and darkness (longer days as the sun traverses through the northern hemisphere…).
The ancients had it planned thus:
Day 1 – rid yourself of the old and unwanted, declutter your home and paint it afresh and get ready for a wonderful spring
Day 2 – Offer gratitude to the sun and the gods for their benevolence over the year. Cook some newly harvested rice in a pot – let it bubble and overflow – and wish the world a similar year overflowing with the good things
Day 3 – take care of things that made the harvest and a great year possible – cows, (or tracters or cars today!)…whatever. Honor them and thank them for their Contribution.
Day 4 – take the family out on a picnic and let your hair down. Celebrate your achievements.
The framework sound good? It celebrates all that is crucial to our wellbeing – the gods, our tools and work, our family and ourselves.
In the spirit of the ancients, let us offer thanks to – our coworkers, family and friends, the earth and sun – and pat ourselves for having seen through another year – and hopefully with a lot of learnings and success. And let’s raise a toast to the year ahead and wish for light (internal and external) to descend upon us through the grace of our most ancient god – The Sun..