“A dimension where all kinds of frequencies unify in a universal vibration.”
Presenting the grassroots and cultural heritage of Auroville’s pagan community – The Auroville ItiSoma – Advaita Festival is an experimental fusion space to converge vibrational and bodily experiences through performing and visual art, along with the freshness of organic as well as electronic frequencies.
At a time in the year when most cultures have cause to celebrate, we imagine a celebration, agnostic of a specific culture, religion, or society, of a community crafted with no <rigid rules and rituals> of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it has organically developed since the Dream’s inception.
- When: 31st October 2021 (Sunday)
- Where: The Youth Center
Call for Artists to come and join in the afternoons to work on the art brief for the fair. Youth Center is funding this fair and are only capable of giving very small budgets to the artists to buy art materials if they need something special otherwise we would appreciate it if they could bring their own art supplies.
The overriding themes of the festival are coming together and unity in diversity. Although the names that we give to our festivals and the rituals that we perform may be different, we are all celebrating the same thing. The origin of all of the festivals (Diwali, Halloween, Samhain and Dia de los muertos) is the celebration of the end of the harvest, thanking nature for what has been given to us and the turn of the season.
The festival is split into 3 primary theme zones and fusion theme “festival vibe” is present for common areas. A 4 theme “dia de los muertos” is present to commemorate our gone, inspired by the mexican celebrations of Halloween
The festival usually lasts five days, it is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.The festival is widely associated with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, with many other regional traditions connecting the holiday to Sita and Rama, Vishnu, Krishna, Yama, Yami, Durga, Kali, Hanuman, Ganesha, Kubera, Dhanvantari, or Vishvakarman. Furthermore, it is, in some regions, a celebration of the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after defeating Ravana in Lanka and serving 14 years of exile. In the lead-up to Diwali, celebrants will prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces with diyas (oil lamps) and rangolis (colorful art circle patterns).During Diwali, people wear their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas and rangoli, perform worship ceremonies of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared. Diwali is also a major cultural event for the Hindu, Sikh and Jain diaspora.
The festival is one of the four quarter days associated with Gaelic seasonal festivals. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man, similar festivals were held by the Brittonic Celtic people, it marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year
Samhain is believed to have Celtic pagan origins.early celtic literature says that Samhain was marked by great gatherings and feasts, and was when the ancient burial mounds were open, which were seen as portals to the Otherworld. Some of the literature also associates Samhain with bonfires and sacrifices. It was when cattle were brought down from the summer pastures and when livestock were slaughtered and special bonfires were lit. Samhain was a liminal or threshold festival, when the boundary between this world and the Otherworld thinned, meaning the Aos Sí (the ‘spirits’ or ‘fairies’) could more easily come into our world. At Samhain, they were appeased with offerings of food and drink, to ensure the people and their livestock survived the winter. The souls of dead kin were also thought to revisit their homes seeking hospitality, and a place was set at the table for them during a Samhain meal. Mumming and guising were part of the festival from at least the early modern era, whereby people went door-to-door in costume reciting verses in exchange for food. The costumes may have been a way of imitating, and disguising oneself from, the Aos Sí. Divination was also a big part of the festival and often involved nuts and apples. It is believed that Samhain and All Saints day influenced each other, and eventually syncretised into the modern Halloween.
The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.