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 We are social creatures and on connecting with each other we become happier. Celebrations are the melting pot where people socializes and feel connected with other fellow beings. Celebrations have always been an integral part of the rehabilitation process in Mission Ashra. Celebration at mission Ashra is an opportunity to make the place feel warm and comfortable for the inmates. Some of the festivals and national holidays celebrated at Mission Ashra are:
1. Independence day and Republic day celebration
2. Local festivals – Raja, Kumar Purnima etc.
3. Festivals of national importance – Diwali, Holi etc.
4. Mission Ashra foundation day – Every year the organisation celebrates 18th July as its foundation day.
5. Observation of World Schizophrenia day – 24th May 2015 is observed as World Schizophrenia day.
Raja celebration at Mission Ashra
Raja Parba or Mithuna Sankranti is a three-day-long festival. The term Raja came from Rajaswala (meaning a menstruating woman), as it is believed that the mother Earth or the divine wife of Lord Vishnu undergoes menstruation during the first three days. This festival became popular in medieval times when it was celebrated as an agricultural holiday marking the worship of Bhudevi, who is the wife of lord Jagannath. The second day signifies the beginning of solar month of Mithuna which marks the arrival of the rainy season.
Raja is celebrated in Mission Ashra to engage women in every aspect of the festival. Raja is celebrated at Mission Ashra in cooperation with other staff of Sakhi, Aama ghara and Ujjwala. Since this is a women’s festival and many women of Mission Ashra are from Orissa itself, the festival is celebrated with high level of vigour and enthusiasm. On this day the residents of the shelter home take part in various cultural programs. Prizes are distributed among the participants as a gesture of recognition and gratitude towards them.
Republic day celebration at Ashra
Republic day honors the date on which the constitution of India came into effect. This day is observed at Mission Ashra in the presence of residents, staffs of People’s Forum and all others who are associated with the organization. The event is graced by flag hoisting followed by republic day speech by one of the senior management from the organisation.
The event entails various cultural activities by engaging residents of Ashra. The event also acts as a platform where the residents interact with other members from the organisation.

 

Colours of Holi
Holi, also known as the “festival of colors” signifies the victory of good over evil. Likewise, Mission Ashra visualise a society where humans raise their conscience and stop stigmatizing people with mental issues. The organisation envisions a society which has overcome the evil of shunning and neglecting the broad subject of mental health. Holi provides a space to keep all troubles aside for a day and come together as a family in our efforts to win over evil. Holi celebration at Mission Ashra helps the inmates to experience joy and warmth of this festival.

 

 

Foundation day
Every year the organisation celebrates 18th July as its Foundation Day. The day brings forth resounding faith and promise of continual support towards the cause of mental health with full dedication in serving the destitute and mentally ill women for years. The founding members of People’s Forum celebrate the day with fervor and enthusiasm along with the residents and other members of People’s Forum.
In 2018 Mission Ashra celebrated its 15th Foundation Day with grandeur. The founding members of Mission Ashra, acknowledged that “There has to be a concerted effort towards
building a society where people with mental illness are given a dignified life and treated with respect”.
Talking about the enormity of the issue they resolved that “There has to be many more institutions like Ashra which will work for the cause of destitute and mentally ill women in every nook and corner of the eastern region. We need to develop a helping hand for every woman and man who needs immediate attention”.