|However, all other advantages of having a festoon revolve around this basic reason. According to a
theory, the air filled with carbon dioxide, which is lighter than the pure air, gets
purified immediately while passing through the festoon. In
addition, insects get attracted to the green leaves. This stops the insects from entering
This practice of
decorating the main door with the festoon is
supported by a strong scientific reasoning and is certainly not a blind belief. Any body,
who has minimum knowledge of science, understands the value of green leaves and same is
the case with any body who has minimum aesthetic sense.
However, it is
said, in the Indian villages, dry mango leaves are used for treating certain ailments. The
ash of dry mango leaves is used in the first aid for cuts and fresh wounds. This ash is
applied directly on the wound or after mixing it with coconut oil. Dry mango leaves
ash has the capacity to check the bleeding. The dry leaves in the festoon come handy for providing first aid in such cases.
It is also a
scientifically established fact that the green colour keeps a person mentally fresh and
even the modern day medicine advises the modern day man, who comes under severe stress
during his normal working hours, to spend some time amidst greenery to freshen his mind
and soul. A festoon provides this facility at your doorsteps.
main door of the houses, temples or any other place, where some ritual is performed, with
a festoon (Toranam or a string of mango leaves) is part of
the Indian culture. Normally, this kind of decoration is done during festivals or
celebrations. Though there is a scientific reason behind this festoon decoration, this has become a part of the tradition and majority
does not even bother to know the actual reason behind doing so.
Indians use a festoon made of fresh and green mango leaves. However,
leaves of other species like Neem are also used for this purpose. Most of us know that the
green leaves absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This helps in keeping the
surrounding atmosphere clean and hygienic. Keeping, the aesthetics in view, mango leaves
are preferred, since their shape adds to the ambience.
Even this is an age-old practice in every house according to the Hindu culture and
tradition. Applying Turmeric on the threshold is as important as having
bath in every Indian house. Again, every one knows the reason. But the modern Indian has a
habit of ridiculing all such practices and branding them as blind beliefs or meaningless
It is beyond doubt that turmeric has anti-septic characters. It
is an anti-bacterial too. While the green festoon
hanging on the top of the main door frame stops insects and other visible but small flying
objects from entering the room, turmeric applied on the door sill stops
bacteria or other microscopic organisms from making their way into the house. Turmeric
checks every invisible organism.
In addition, the
yellow color makes the main door colorful and is an aesthetic combination for the green festoon on the top of the doorframe.
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