Celebration of Happiness (40) – Garma Festival (Gulkula, North Eastern Arnhem Land, Australia)

Garma Festival

"Realize Your Connection To Place!"


Man was born off the soil and will get back to it when his purpose of living is accomplished. No matter where we go, we can never be detached from mother earth for our roots hold us to the land we are born on.




The Garma Festival has become an integral part of the cultural heritage of Australia. Celebrated in appreciation of the cultural inheritance of the Yolgnu people, the aim of the festival is to share knowledge and the culture of the land. It is the Australian equivalent to the World Economic Forum which encourages the practice of the music, dance and art of the Yolgnu people.



The first Garma festival was celebrated in 1998 and since then has become an important part of the cultural life of Australia. For the people, this festival marks the time of the year when they go back to their roots and appreciate and relive the culture, music, art and traditions of the tribes from where they have originated. The land where this festival is held – Gulkula, holds great importance as this is where their ancestors brought their people and established their presence on the continent. The festival is attended by thousands of officials and diplomats from various countries who come together and discuss the social and cultural issues and ways of upliftment of the people and the area.


Home Is Where The Earth Is!

No matter how far we reach, one should always stay connected with their roots, nature and the natural bounties that we have at our disposal. Try to make a connection with the world around you. Observe the trees, flowers, gardens and parks in your surroundings. Spend some time amongst them and notice how they change over time. As time goes by, you will feel more connected, attached and associated with the world around you.

This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)


Piyuesh Modi