Saturday, 3 September 2016
Krishnaastami is the celebration of Lord Krishna’s birthday. He is one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu and the festival is celebrated countrywide by all Hindus. Devotees visit Krishna temples around the cities; women devotees fast and stay up all night chanting bhajans. The largest number of devotees can be seen at the famous Krishna Mandir of Patan where they pay homage to the god. In Biratnagar – a tarai city in eastern Nepal, Krishnaastami is celebrated with a ‘Rath Yatra’, the pulling of a spectacular 6meter-tall chariot carrying idols of Radha and Krishna. Starting from the Radha Krishna temple, it is taken around the city. In Western Nepal, Krishnastami is celebrated as ‘Gaur Parva’ and locals perform a traditional dance called Deuda (where participants dance in a circle) and married women put on a sacred thread.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.