Feasts In The Mughal Empire

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On occasions, common people were indeed included in the feasts, as well. The sources of Babur’s reign do not mention any such event, but those of the reign of Humayun and Akbar mentions feast where people from all classes became a part of the celebration. A much-demarcated private banqueting hall was held open to the public hall of audience to highlight the benevolent and paternal attitude of the king where he did not select people for the invitation, but almost anyone could turn up to share in the festivities. Indeed, as Hirschman puts it, commensality actually ‘melds the public and private spheres.’ Often, various amirs and nobles were praised for their open table. Repeatedly, we see that victory in a battle was celebrated with a lot of splendour, and this was another means of getting connected with the ordinary soldiers in the army who fought for the empire. Dietler and Hayden talk about patron-role feasts, where asymmetrical social power of the king makes the expectation of equal reciprocation no longer necessary. Rather, the unequal relations of status and power were strengthened through the…show more content…
As a means to secure their acceptance, he celebrated not just the Islamic festivals, but the festivals of the Parsis, Christians and Hindus, as well. Akbar gave orders in 1587-8 to celebrate Hindu feasts for which farmans were dispatched to Gujarat and Bengal. Presumably, the order was not immediately put into practice, but later in his reign, we get repeated references of Dushera celebrations, Lari festivals, etc. He also celebrated the feast of St John the Baptist in 1581. Likewise, the spring festival of Europe was celebrated by him with pomp and largesse. He also instructed his subjects to celebrate the festival with loud singing and dancing everywhere in the
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