Diwali is supposed to be festival of lights in India. However, off late things have gone awry on the whole meaning of this festival. Nowadays, it is more of all possible kinds of environmental pollution. All thanks to crackers! If you have not read this article about crackers and child labor behind that industry on my blog yet, read it now. As a customary caution, I am sharing this post with you all so that at least some amount of awareness will help towards eco-friendly celebrations of this festival.
Found this very intuitive and eye catching message poster shared on Facebook and re-sharing it here.
PS: This photo collage is NOT my work. Facebook share had a mention of ‘Credits: Gurmeet Sapal’. Creative work & copyright remains with the creator who shared it initially on fb.
As always, scribbling something here without prior work is not my forte. Last year around the same time started investing in ‘Rang De’ with the money that I saved on crackers. It all started with as little as INR 2000/- last year for diwali, and today I am proud to say that my investment on rural entrepreneurs has increased multiple times. Here is the link for my complete Rang De portfolio of investment on such a great fantastic work that team is doing. Rang De’s vision is to make poverty history in India by reaching out to underserved communities through microcredit. They are striving to do this through a network of committed field partners and social investors, by offering microcredit that has a positive impact on business, education, health and environment of the communities they work with. Feel feel to consider using the money you spend on crackers for something more meaningful that really lights up the lives of many around us. That would be the right way to celebrate Diwali.
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Pollution one of the primary causes of diseases and deaths in the world has slowly andnbsp;steadilynbsp;poisoned the environment as well. The health of the environment is now dependent upon us. We cannot afford to ignore the warning signs and continue with anti-environmental activities. If we do not mend our ways it will not just affect the environment but will weaken us as well. It isnbsp;after allnbsp;a symbiotic relationship that we share with the environment.
Diwali the most popular Hindu festival of light has lately come to be associated with fireworks. So much so that people have been blatantly ignoring the environmental hazards associated with it and continued to burst crackers in celebration of the festival.
Fireworks are one of the leading causes that worsen air and noise pollution radically during the festival. The celebration with crackers has made it an injurious threat to human health and the environment in general. These sparklers have taken away the charisma and the soul of this festival.
Let Diwali justifies its meaning that is lsquo;festival of lightsrsquo; that spreads happiness and positivity in everyone’s life. nbsp;And this Diwali let us boycott crackers. Ring in the change and celebrate the festival in a new way where there can still be festivities and joyous feelings sans the use of firecrackers that add to the pollution.
Begin your day by ornamenting your house with lovely fragrant flowers. Marigold jasmine roses orchids and twisted mango leaves can be a good choice.nbsp;nbsp;Beautify your house with attractive paper lanterns mystical hangings traditional bells and colourful rangoli. It is a good way to invite Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on this auspicious day. Add a different flavour to the festival by dressing up your house with traditional lamps and diyas. It will give a kick to the divine allure.nbsp;
You can also pamper yourself by spending sometime of the day dressing up in traditional attire. Visit your closest friends and relatives in thenbsp;noonnbsp;with gifts that are somewhat rare than usual. Spare sometime prior Diwali thinking and picking such gifts and cape them with your marked styles.
After the Lakshmi poojan in the evening you can substitute fireworks with a live musical evening. You can plan a small closely knit family and friends get together at your place. Bonfire and few games can add spice to the evening. Complement the party with a rich candlelight dinner. It will give a good texture to the festival.
There is much you can do to avoid crackers. Visit an old age home or orphanage to celebrate such occasions with those who donrsquo;t have a family. Also many people cannot afford Diwali celebration. Cut short your crackers expenditure and buy food clothes and gifts for them. Discourage your kids to burn crackers and inculcate these good morals in them. Your initiation in the drive to say no to crackers can also save child labourers engaged in fireworks factory. A sheer thought of accomplishment of these responsibilities towards society gives an immense and long-lasting satisfaction which fireworks can never give.
Let this change start with this Diwali. Celebrate thenbsp;occasionnbsp;with a zest and zeal to make the environment-friendly celebrations a way of life rather than being an option. Inspire others around you by showing them much more fun ways to celebrate Diwali without crackers.