What is society without culture? Year in, year out events are scribbled into our calendars without a second thought.
Many of these events are traditions carried on for centuries. Stories are passed down through generations all because of culture.
A lot of us will say that culture is an expensive gesture, but can we say we are better off without it?
Culture is about history as well as celebrating the future and as a society we live for the future.
If these themes or social events were ended, what would keep the characters of our towns and cities alive?
Many of us like a good trip into town to be festive however no-one says why. Maybe it is to join in with everyone else, but really it’s in our nature. Remembrance Day pulls us in tight together. Recalling the tragic loss of life from our past conflicts.
Diwali, the festival of lights, draws Leicester city into light.
And in the dark, bleaker months of the year I am always excited to see the fireworks sprouting from people’s gardens enjoying Diwali, although people moan about disturbances in the quiet months, we all know they secretly enjoy the last blast of light before winter.
And Christmas, everybody knows about Christmas. Even the families and people who don’t celebrate the religious festival, still come together to be with each other, and that is a gift in itself.
At expressive times of the year, Leicestershire fortunately hands us a diverse menu of activity.
Every August an extravaganza known as the Caribbean Carnival dishes up a delightful display of dance, music, food and beverages. Giving us a taste of that world.
I cannot think of anything else that would keep our people happy to be with one another, other than culture, being such a positive part of society that I can’t imagine living without.
So, no, I believe we are not better without it, much rather enriched with it. No matter what the cost we can always gain comfort in the culture our county has to offer.
Erin O’Reilly is a GCSE student interested in social media and journalism.