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Diwali- An environment-friendly celebration with family

Recently, Supreme Court ruled against a total ban on manufacture and sale of firecrackers throughout India. For some of us this might be disheartening, but for some others this news brings immense joy.

Diwali celebration

Diwali or Deepavali is the festive of lights. It falls in the Kartik (October-November) month of Hindu calendar. It is celebrated to mark the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Throughout India, homes and shops are decorated with flowers and lights to bring out the essence of purity and joy.

Reasons that attribute to the celebration

There are various reasons for the origin and celebration of this festival. Some attribute this festival to celebrate the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Some others commemorate this festival to celebrate the victory and return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after killing Ravana. Some tales also suggest that on this day Lord Krishna killed Narakasura while in the region of Bengal they dedicate this festival to Goddess Kali.

Five-days of joy

A five day festival, it commences with Dhan-Teras on the first day followed by Narak Chaudas, Laxmi Puja on third day, Padwa on fourth day and Bhai Dooj on final day.

On the day of Dhan-Teras, people worship lord Dhanvantari and buy gold. During Lakshmi Puja, people decorate their shops and homes, set Lord Lakshmi’s Picture or idol, adorn it with saree, flowers and gold. They also offer various fruits and sweets and worship her. Bhai-Dooj is done to celebrate the brother-sister bond.

Supreme Court’s refusal to complete ban and our duty as a citizen

While refusing to blanket ban on manufacture and sale of firecrackers, Supreme Court also suggested alternate ways to preserve environment. Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan suggested manufactures to produce and sell green crackers that gave out low emissions and made less noise. In addition to this, they permitted bursting of crackers during Diwali for two hours from 8 PM to 10 PM.

Article 21 for a balanced decision

This is done to uphold the Article 21 (right to life) of the Indian Constitution and its decision reflects a balance for both parties- one that wants to burst fireworks during Diwali and the other that wants to preserve the environment.

Environment-friendly Diwali

Although the Apex court has made this decision, we, as humans should be logical in this case. We are going through a serious event of global warming. There is a huge rise in atmospheric temperature throughout the world. We already are polluting our environment through various other ways like, smoke from vehicles, factories, deforestation, releasing harmful chemicals into rivers and oceans and what not. We don’t have to add to this.

WHO global air pollution database released in Geneva this May showed 14 of the 15 most polluted cities in the world are in India. Most of our tier 1 and tier 2 cities remain polluted throughout the year so much so it’s difficult to get fresh air even to breathe.

Alternative ways to celebrate this Diwali

Any festival can be made joyous with just people. Instead of bursting crackers, involve with people like your family, friends or neighbours. Sit and talk to them, dance, play some games, watch a movie together or any other thing.

If you are away from home, try visiting orphanages or old age homes. Spend the money that you were planning to spend on crackers by bringing the kids and people here some gifts they need.

So this Diwali instead of lighting firecrackers, light up smiles, create memories that you will not only be proud of but would be able to keep it close to your heart.





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