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Dear Readers Festivals not only enliven your spirits but also are a welcome change from the monotonous routine of regular life

“Utsav” (hindi for festival) in Sanskrit means “Grow upward”, depicting the souring of spirits, enhancement of prosperity and general growth.

In India every community celebrates some festival or the other in consonance with either the mythological stories of deities/ or with the advent of the harvesting seasons. Festivities during these times include fasting and worship followed by feasting with celebrations.

The enthuse in festivals cut across all economic or social barriers and celebrations include rich and poor alike. The unity of diversity in faiths/ cultures in India promotes the inclusive behaviour during the festive seasons.  Barring a few skirmishes on religious lines, which I feel are blown out of proportion due to political reasons more than any other, the festivities are enjoyed by all and sundry.

As the Rabi Harvest approaches, the festival days start pouring in, Makar Sakranti, Shivratri, Holi, Navratri, Easter, Baisakhi, Bihu, etc. are the main festivals celebrated during this period. We have decided to dedicate this volume to the festive season and hope that you all will rejoice in reading the compiled articles.

What I find very amusing is how well the Governments gauge the timing of this festival period when their citizens are slightly better of financially with returns of harvest, better cash inflow (post the festive sales collections), etc.  In most countries the financial year end also draws to a close during this period. The budget expectations and speeches are in the air, some get reasons to rejoice and some are able to digest increased burden because the pockets are bulgier during this period.

The progression in readership numbers of “Indians4Africa” is very encouraging, every month the membership grows by a couple of hundreds and the list of voluntary contributors is also on the rise. The editorial team has been busy brainstorming to churn out newer initiatives for betterment of the content and delivery.

Keep enjoying and be responsible during these colourful festivities.

Till the next issue,

Devendra Sharma

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