The Winter Season || Shishir or Shita Ritu || Indian Seasons


(Introduction look of the earth busy season jor Jarmers-special feature-season of colourful woolen clothes-festivals – conclusion)

God has blessed the earth with a cycle of seasons. Winter is the calmest and most sumptuous of all. December and January are known as the winter season. In our calendar Pausha and Magha are known as the winter season.

Earth presents a calm atmosphere in winter. After the scorching summer and torrential rain comes the calm winter. Monsoon has retreated. Wind becomes slow. Sky remains clear. Sun remains gentle. It provides a suitable atmosphere for harvesting. We develop good digestive power. We don’t get erhaust easily. We can work hard and long in winter.

Winter is a busy season for farmers. They remain busy in harvesting kharif crops and sowing Rabi crops. The songs of farmers fill the meadows and valleys.

Winter is a season of abundance. We get a variety of vegetables like cabbage, tomato, brinjal and plenty. Food never gets stale easily. Bacterias remain inactive. People prepare varieties of pastries, cakes, breads, crunches and pickles in winter. We get delicious food to eat in this season as well as we enjoy sound sleep. It is very comfortable to slip into asun-baked quilt when a sharp biting wind shivers the earth.

Winter is a season of comfort for many. Young people enjoy it most. It is a season of marriages, colourful woolen clothes and good food. Many exhibitions, shows.etes and parties are held in Winter. People get an opportunity to display their fine clothes. It is also a season of games and sports. Cricket-fever grips the entire country. The perks of hills remain covered with snow. Wherever you look you see only white snow. Even the trees remain covered with snowflakes. People ski on snow covered hills gleeful.

Things go hard with poor people. They do not have sufficient clothes and coverings to keep them warm. They try to keep the cold at bay by basking in the sun, by making fire with thrown away tyres, paper, rags etc.

A number of festivals are observed in winter. Most rtant of them are Manabasa, Laxmi Puja, Magha Saptami, Makar sankranti Christmas Day etc. Santa Claus, decorations, cakes and plum pudding make life merry on Christmas eve. Whether it is a lonely winter evening or a hot noon in Summer, Nature’s music is never dead. It is always there.

The poetry of earth is ceasing never 

On a lone winter evening, when the frost

Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills

The Cricket’s song; in warmth increasing ever

And seem to one in drowsiness half lost

The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.

(The Grasshopper and the Cricket, John Keats)

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