Celebration of Happiness (8) – Paryushan Parva (India)

Paryushan Parva

"Forgive – Don’t Let Grudges Poison You"


To Err is Human, To Forgive – Divine! Seems like the wisest words ever said were these. If we did not make mistakes, we wouldn’t be human enough. Life is too short to hold a grudge; they only poison us from inside and slowly lead us to the end.




The Paryushan Parva is a festival lasting for 8 days, celebrated by people of the Jain Religion. It is celebrated by fasting and prayers offered as means of penance. This festival is celebrated to ask for forgiveness for all the sins and wrong doings one commits and also to give forgiveness to those who have wronged us. A festival of conditioning and clearing the soul of all the negativity and bad Karma, it makes people give up all the grudges they hold and live their life with a clean heart.



To clear up the mess of negativity, wrong doings and bad karma, there can be nothing better than to celebrate this festival. The chance to confess whatever wrong one has done and to ask for forgiveness is one that not everyone gets. It is a golden opportunity for the people to clear up their conscience and in return, give forgiveness to those who have wronged them. This beautiful festival of penance and forgiveness stands utmost importance today as the world goes far from human to being selfish and self centered with each one wronging the other for own good.


To Err is Human

The biggest virtue of human beings is they err and only the wise and brave bear the ability to forgive and move on. So burn away all the grudges in your heart. Write a letter to anyone who you hold a grudge against, write down everything you want to say to that person, let your heart out and you may not necessarily send it to that person but make sure you forgive them. Take a deep breath and move on. Life is too short to be angry.

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


Piyuesh Modi