5 ways to celebrate Diwali in an Eco-friendly manner- Article by Manasa Konda

Diwali is one of India’s is world famous Hindu festival celebrated across the country. There are many reasons for celebrating this auspicious event – Lord Rama returning to Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana after successfully defeating Ravana. So, Diwali festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

 

 

It’s a celebration since ancient hood and is full of crackers, gifts, sweets, lights, and decorations. With celebrations with family, relatives, and neighbors, along with exchanging of sweets and gifts, this festival has a unique way of celebrating with lightening the crackers as a symbol of victory.

With advancements in the manpower and competition in the market, it is very difficult to celebrate the Diwali festival in an eco-friendly manner instead of leaving it more noisy and air-pollution leading to many diseases instead of eradicating it.

This year the Diwali is on October 30, 2017. Let’s look at the best ways to celebrate the eco-friendly Diwali adding our contribution to the country hygiene.

 

#1. Diyas to brighten the home

 

Nowadays, it is a fashion for many to use the artificial colorful lights which work on electricity and petroleum made lights. It consumes more power and is uneconomical. It is always a good advice to use mud/clay made diyas to lighten your house more beautiful and it needs collective work involving all your family members and friends at one place. It is always a good habit to encourage the next generation to learn more of our culture in its own way rather than making it modernized. There many benefits in using diyas – these reusable, so they can stored and reused for the next time, consumes no electricity and petrol so helps you in making it more affordable and pollution-free. The aroma of diyas helps your kids and families be in the good environment.

#2. Organic rangoli

 

Rangoli is the best competition where everyone tries to prove their art. It is very famous especially in the southern part of India. Ancient days, the rangolis are made from a combination of soft sand/rice flour and real colors like turmeric, saffron etc., by resting them for a day or two. So using these natural colors is healthy for our land as well us living in these surroundings as they non-pollutant for land as well as healthy in terms of infections. But now, small markets and businesses are making money by selling chemical colors which are artificial and leads to non-ecofriendly methods which spoil our land as well as they infect our environment.  Also, it is not worth to make your kids touch them as they lead to health issues. So, encourage using natural ingredients and let’s make this Diwali an eco-friendly rangoli.

#3. Decorations

 

Indians mainly believe the more you offer to god the better you can expect from him. So they never compromise on decorating their house. But, we go to the market we find plenty of attractive plastic flowers easy for decorating the house and are reusable. But, remember the main use of decorating a house with natural flowers and leaves – it protects the environment from bad infections and viruses, especially the leaves which we use at the entrance of the house helps to protect everyone from bacteria and virus, as it is the season for many dreadful diseases. So, make your kids and family members encourage the natural flowers and its beauty in incorporating enhancements to your house and protect them from all the bacterial and viral infections.

 

#4. Gift wrapping

 

Exchanging gifts on Diwali is an age-old custom. Gift are main treats for Diwali. No matter what your poverty is, people try celebrating in their ways. Encourage your family members to use eco-friendly papers, clothes etc., to wrap the gifts for neighbours, friends and relatives. The better you make use of eco-friendly wrappings the best your presentations will be treated.

#5. Eco-friendly crackers

 

Crackers are lightened as a symbol of victory and Diwali is the festival of lights. But with a growth of population, competition in the market it is now a major problem for air-pollution and noise pollution. The scientific reason behind lighting the crackers is that to get away from diseases like malaria etc., but the tradition has changed and went beyond its limit just for the case of entertainment, enjoyment and show-up. We are responsible for the future generation. Ensure you limit your kids using the limited crackers and explain them the purpose of its usage and limitation. People keep forgetting that danger of cracking big crackers and directly a cause for spoiling the environment, kid’s health and contaminating the air and creating the noise pollution.

We should realize now and act. Let’s make this Diwali a complete eco-friendly and encourage and teach every one of its importance.