As a part of the internal assessment, we- the Sem.III Botany students of S.Y. B.Sc. were given assignments on the topic ‘Plant Ecology and Festivals’ in connection with which we had an exhibition of plants used in festivals.
Each of us had to choose a festival, focussing on the floral components used therein. The assignments displayed basic information along with the plants / plant parts used in the celebration. In case of non- availability of the specific plant or otherwise, the diagrams of the same depicted the concerned plant.
There was a vast difference in the type of plants used by people across religions and states. As the region and climate conditions change, the vegetation changes. In accordance with this, seasonal and regional variations influence the kind of plants that are used in various celebrations. This clearly depicts the close- knit relationship between regional climate and the flora which in an unseen context, shapes the traditions and culture of a region.
Thus the assignments combined to showcase the richness of Indian culture. The exhibition brought together more than 40 species of plants – both wild & cultivated within 21 festivals. Some of the celebrations were popular like Makar Sankranti, Onam, Pongal and Christmas whereas some were rarely heard off in this part of the country like Bathukamma, Kangdali, Nabanna, Sajibu Cheiroba. The floral kalidoscope from Southern to Northern India depicted the vivid profile of the Phyto- Climatic Spectrum.
Being a student, I got an opportunity to learn about the unique bond, plants and festivals share according to the change in soil types, climatic conditions etc. and its role in Indian culture and heritage which is amazingly dynamic. I also liked working on this particular assignment as it was not just ‘Copy Paste’ from the internet or some books. In addition, we learned a lot about other festivals which otherwise we would not have been aware of.