Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah. Hope you are keeping well in the time of record number of coronavirus infections and deaths. Despite all sorts bad news and happenings around, Ramadan is there with some good news including Eid-ul Fitre at the end of the holy month of fasting. Like the greatest Muslim festival other faith-based groups have their own festivals. Leisure is of different shades in political and cultural maps in the world. As all works and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so humans need leisure at the end of hard works or weekend at the end of weekdays. That’s why leisure industry is booming day by day along with the sociopolitical leaders devising new sorts of enjoyments which cater to their needs. That doesn’t necessarily mean people need unlimited leisure activities in the entertainment industry because life is short but art is long. Sensible souls can’t stay aloof or overlook the sufferings of the downtrodden poor people and oppressed communities. From a brief surfing about of religious festivals of four major faith-based communities on the Internet, we have found Buddhists have highest number of religious festivals. The followers of Goutama Buddha enjoy over seventy festivals. In the race of the festivals Hindus stand second. The religious group has as many as 55 festivals. Christians come next with 34 festivals. Jews book the fourth berth with 24 public holidays in Israel. Muslims are the bottom rung with two Eids— Eid-ul Fitre and Eid-ul Adha. According to PEW research the number of Buddhists in the world will plummet to 5 per cent down by 2050 from 7 per cent in 2015. Hindu community, which religion has second highest number of religious revelry, is projected to grow slightly by 2050 reaching 1.4 billion. Christian, which has highest number of followers in the world but third highest number of religious festivals, is projected to grow from 2.2 billion in 2010 to 2.9 billion in 2050. And the Jews will attain the mark of 16 million populations in 2050. Compared to all the religious groups, Muslims have only two religious festivals. But this community, according to PEW Research, will grow from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion in 2050. So you will like the festival story and enjoy the Eid-ul Fitre.
Hope to return to you in the next month.