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October: Of Autumn And Festivities

21 Oct | Source: Oswaal Books Library

If you stopped your train of thoughts for a second, you’d realize that the year 2016 is almost over. October is here, the time when leaves turn yellow and the sun bids an early adieu every day. It is also the time of festivities when students enjoy several holidays, helping them break the monotony of books. Here’s a list of things you can do to make your October a month full of glee:

1.     Remember our Nation’s Jewels

October 2nd marks the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the man whose ideology of non-violent protests helped India gain independence. It is inspiring when you look back at his struggles, his achievements and immense contribution towards the road to freedom.

October is also the birth month of the Missile Man of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. Kalam, who was born and raised in poverty, overcame numerous challenges and became the 11th President of India. Kalam was an eminent figure among India’s major researchers and served the country till his last breath.

2. Embrace the Excitement of Navratri

October marks the arrival of one of the much awaited nine-day fiesta of Navratri, where all of India comes together to worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga. Navratri is celebrated in different ways in various parts of the country; while in Bengal the focus is more on variety of pandaals, Gujarat remains busy doing the garba.

Navratri is one of the few occasions when people from all walks of life come together to witness the festive vibes and beautification of their city. Make sure being a part of one of those garba circles and take a stroll towards nearby pandaals.

3. Witness The Triumph of Good over Evil

October is also the time when Dussehra, a festival symbolic to good overpowering evil, arrives to lighten up people’s rather hectic schedules. You get to witness grandness of Ravana who is ultimately defeated by the righteousness of Lord Rama. There are various places that organize the process of Ravan Dahan, where towering statues of Ravan and his brothers Kumbhkaran and Meghnath are set ablaze by an actor dressed as lord Rama.  

4. Light Up the Diwali Sky

Diwali is the most awaited festival in India, and why not? It gives you an outstanding spectacle of millions of lights shimmering across the city’s horizon. There are exchange of gifts and sweets, and most importantly, it’s the time when families forget their personal commitments and come together. Remember cleaning up the house, dressing up in ethnic clothes and ending the day on a tasteful note with various delicacies? Fun, isn’t it?

 

5. End October with Tricks, Treats and Studies!

The best way to end the happening month of October would be participating the whacky Halloween party where people dress up as ghosts, witches etc. in order to scare each other and exchange treats. Try bringing your creative side, design a costume that’s hilarious or scary!

 
As a student, one has to conquer several challenges and distraction is one of them; the evil that you need to defeat. Constant studies might make the days seem gloomy but you can always find ways to cheer yourself up by opting for constructive leisure time. Make sure to being a part of the family celebrations and make the most of this festive season. Try consuming less of the internet and more of the real life events, make this fall the beginning of your fun filled year!

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