As the editor of BOTT Magazine, it’s my privilege to introduce you to an edition that’s close to our hearts – the festivals of India. This vast and diverse nation, with its tapestry of languages, religions, and traditions, offers a kaleidoscope of celebrations that are as vibrant as they are profound. Each festival, whether it’s the riotous colours of Holi or the serene lamps of Diwali, tells a story – of history, of mythology, of shared memories and collective hopes.
In this edition, we’ve endeavoured to capture the essence of these festivals, not just as events on a calendar, but as living, breathing moments that define the Indian experience. Through our articles, you’ll witness the grandeur of the Jagannath Yatra, the devotion of Navratri, and the harvest joys of Pongal. Broadening the concept of “celebration” we have not limited our write-up to religious festivals alone and have also included few celebrations that highlight the cultural and geographical diversity of India.
But more than the festivities, it’s the spirit of unity, of a nation coming together despite its myriad differences, that we hope to convey. In a world that often emphasises divisions, India’s festivals are a testament to the power of celebration to bridge divides.
Join us on this journey of discovery, and may the spirit of India’s festivals light up your world. Alongside this, August was a busy month brimming with trade events and we bring to you a series of Interviews featuring the events.