chapter  19
Playing together: festivals and celebrations
ByAlison Tonkin, Shereen Jameel
Pages 12

This chapter provides an exposition of different cultural approaches to play, recreation and leisure in the context of their contribution to health and wellbeing. Celebrations and seasonal festivities lend themselves to the health of the com - munity, with play being a significant feature of many celebrations. By embracing the potential for community celebrations to be seen within the healthcare arena, we recognize that emotional wellbeing and a sense of community can be utilized to enhance the holistic health of societies everywhere. This is neatly summarized in the statement ‘Festivals … all serve the purpose of bringing happiness to our lives, and strengthen our sense of community’ (Hat Tours 2012).