The festive season is upon us, and it brings a magical mix of sparkling lights, delectable traditional dishes, and the allure of beautiful ethnic clothing. Love often seems to be in the air during this time, and there’s a new dating trend that’s caught the attention of Gen Z and millennials — festival dating.


Festival dating is all about seeking a romantic connection during the festive season. It’s a time when

many of us long to share the joy with someone special. However, the way people experience this romantic connection can vary greatly.

I find it intriguing that festival dating is gaining popularity, with 63% of Indians open to the concept, according to a Bumble survey. Festivals can indeed evoke a sense of loneliness or self-consciousness, especially when we see happy couples sharing their moments on social media.


It’s also interesting to note that millennials seem to resonate more with

these feelings compared to Gen Z. The idea of sharing traditions and building deeper connections with a partner during the festive season is heartwarming. It’s a time when shopping together, exchanging gifts, attending parties, and performing rituals can strengthen the bond between couples.

For those of us who find ourselves single during the festive season, it’s essential to acknowledge

our emotions. Loneliness can creep in, but it’s okay to feel that way sometimes. What’s crucial is to avoid the trap of comparing ourselves to others on social media. Each of us has our own path and timeline for dating, guided by our genuine interests.

Above all, self-love should take center stage during the festive season, regardless of whether we have a partner or not. We can still relish the festivities and celebrate the season to the fullest by prioritizing our


In my opinion, festival dating is a beautiful concept that adds an extra layer of warmth and connection to the already joyous festive season. It’s a reminder that love and companionship can be found in the most unexpected places and times, and that being single during the holidays doesn’t have to be a source of sadness but an opportunity for self

-discovery and personal growth. So, let’s embrace the festive season with an open heart and a positive attitude, and who knows, we might just find love in the midst of the celebrations.