Paryushan and Dash Lakshan are two of the most important festivals for Jains.
Right now we are observing Paryushan which is an 8 days spiritual retreat that started on August 17th and will end on August 23rd. Through this festival an attempt is made to put an end to all vices, passions and lustful desires in thought, speech and deeds. Usually, Jains will fast many different ways which includes not eating and drinking for a day or designing a personal customized fast in order to live simply.
As paryushan will be ending then Dash Lakshan will start from August 24th to September 3rd. The festival is the observance of ten universal virtues. Some of these virtues which I understood and have been more meaningful for me are Forgiveness, Contentment, Truthfulness, Self-control, and Detachment.
I believe Jainism is more of a philosophy then a religion. I remember when I was young my father telling me God is within you. Always justify your actions to your self while you are working towards your goal.
Both festivals end by asking forgiveness from all. I do not have any animosity towards anybody, and I have friendship for all living beings.
Forgiving others uplifts the soul.