The first and foremost significance of Hindu festivals is the rekindling of the religious emotion of the people. Engaged in the hard and cheerless work of daily life, men get hardened and forget about God. The festivals remind the people of God.
The Hindu Festivals are celebrated with much vigor and cheerfulness. The Hindu Festival also supplies men with the much wanted fund of joy – which lies behind all creation. Moreover, these festivals plays an important role in breaking down the barriers between man and man. The artificial barriers are swept away by the bounding tide of strong religious emotion.
Men realize their innate affinity and embrace one another in love and peace. Lastly the festivals accompanied by melas or fairs have an economic value. They stimulate production and consumption.
– Ajay Soni