by Ankana Mitra
Diwali is the festival of light and ultimate joy. It is the symbol of all that is virtuous and pure. However, in this era, apart from the traditional rituals people are also practicing few hazardous customs that directly harms the environment and ultimately the humankind. The most impactful practice is burning crackers. The general perception among the young generation is “without cracker Diwali celebration is incomplete.” Because of which the real essence of Diwali is completely forgotten and unfortunately, it is adversely affecting the environment as well. Due to which the cities like Delhi and U.P. struggle with smog throughout the winters.
On the brighter side, there are many ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali. To start with, people should focus on educating the younger generation about the importance of Diwali and at the same time their responsibility towards the environment. Here is the list of 5 eco-friendly methods one should adopt this Diwali:
Break-up with crackers
Lighting those sparkling ‘Phuljharis’or putting red ‘laris’ all around your colonies is quite exciting but they are the host of illness because crackers remain as the major cause of pollution on Diwali. Bursting crackers makes the air hazy and the streets are polluted with the wastes and wrappers of the crackers after Diwali.
Reuse and DIY décor
We usually beautify homes in festive seasons and nowadays, decorating homes with recycled materials is gaining much popularity. These items are not only those which make use of the things that you usually throw away as waste but it boost one to make some creative stuff like melting wax and giving them different and interesting shape candles or making handmade lamps with paper and lighting it in your balcony or halls and dinner under those lamps with your family and loved ones will take your Diwali to a next level.
Use of smart lighting
Instead of opting tiny colorful bulbs, this Diwali goes with the smart lighting. There are many LED-based lights available in the market. They consume less electricity and are eco-friendly. Though, these lights last longer, you should be careful while disposing of them. Do not throw them in open.
Rangoli is made to welcome all the good luck and it is the symbol of Indian art and culture, but these days using chemical colors in Rangoli affects the environment. But to make it eco-friendly, one can easily replace chemical colors with the natural color like rice flour, turmeric, kumkum, leaves, collecting different colors of flower etc. One can easily make attractive and harmless Rangoli.
Ditch plastics and discard waste responsibly
Plastic is a non-biodegradable product which never decomposes. So, apart from using plastic, one should opt for handmade paper as a wrapper for gifts and sweet boxes. Another most important thing is waste management. This is our responsibility to make our environment safe and healthy. But on occasions like Diwali, products are wasted on a huge scale. So, this effort should be from our side to separate biodegradable and non-biodegradable products for a safe and healthy environment in the future.
These are some of the very cool notions to follow on one of the most auspicious occasions. Move a step ahead by adopting these healthy and ecological ways of celebrating Diwali. In return, you will inhale refreshing air throughout the year.