Diwali is the festival of Hindus. When lord Ram Chanderji defeated Ravan and came back home after 14 years of exile, people of ayodhya decorated their homes and the markets with earthen lights in joy and thus this festival came into existence. Diwali is also known as festival of lights.
This festival also signifies the victory of good over evil. Even now people celebrate by illuminating earthen lamps and firing crckers. People visit their friends and relatives and exchange sweets and gifts to express their happiness. Firing crackers give us joy but it also gives us noise and air pollution which has hazardous effects on our health. So, these days’ people have started celebrating diwali with eco-friendly crackers and earthen lamps. Listed below are some ways to celebrate eco-friendly diwali.
How To Celebrate Eco-Friendly Diwali
Encourage community celebration instead of individual celebration. The cost of celebration will be reduced and the paper pollution caused by firing crackers will also be limited as compared to individual celebration. Moreover the noise and air pollution will be less.
Limit Your Celebration
Another way is by limiting your celebration in a limited area and for limited time. While celebrating Diwali in community you can plan to celebrate Diwali for limited time say from 9 pm to till mid night, this will not only limit the paper, air and noise pollution.
This Diwali do something different. Decorate your home with some bright and colorful duppattas and sarees instead of plastic streamer. Use organic rangoli colors and real flowers instead of artificial flowers.
Duppattas and sarees are available in everyone’s home. So, why to delay open your granny’s or mothers wardrobe and take out some old but colorful saree’s and duppattas and start decorating your home.
Eco-Friendly crackers are available in the market. Buy these eco-friendly crackers instead of chemical crackers. These eco-friendly crackers are made up of recycled paper and moreover the sound produced by these crackers is as per the defined limits of the Pollution Board. Paper fluffers and color lights are produced when these crackers are bursted.
Decorate your home with earthen lamps or diyas instead of electrical illumination. Earthen lamps need oil for illumination but the pollution will be less as these diyas will give light for 2-3 hours. Using these lamps or diyas will cut down the electricity bill. The beauty of the house will also get enhanced by these lamps.
Go Organic this Diwali
On Diwali we express our happiness by exchanging gifts and sweets. Go organic this Diwali by gifting organic gifts to your friends and relative. There are a number of options available in the market; you can gift organic soaps and creams, organic teas, spices, gourmet ice creams or coffee. If you want to gift something different you can gift plants. There are a number of ornamental plants are available in the market. Handmade wrapping papers are also available so, wrap the gifts in these papers. Another organic idea for wrapping the gifts is wrap them with colorful cloth or jute.
People do shopping on Diwali. It’s an age old tradition to buy something new on Diwali. But on this Diwali try not to purchase things that are of no use for you.
Buy only those things which are useful for you because more consumption of things will lead to consumption of raw material used in manufacturing of those things. So, the pressure on natural resources will be increased which ultimate lead to their extinction.
Appropriate use of Natural Resources
Say no to crockery this Diwali. Use banana leaves to serve the guests. By doing this you can add a traditional touch to this festive season. Mud glasses can be used instead of glass and plastic to add ethnic feeling. By doing this you can keep eco-friendly environment in your home.
Donate Unwanted Things
Weeks before Diwali people clean their houses to attract positive energy in their homes. People take out unwanted things like toys, house hold items, and cloths. Donate these unwanted things in an orphanage or to a local shelter. You can also buy some new cloths, crackers, books, colors, sweets etc for them. This way you can make their Diwali brighter and you will have a memorable Diwali.
Have a Meaningful Diwali
Diwali is a time when all members of the family are present in home. But have you ever thought of the children and the old people who are left by their families. You can bring little joy in their lives by celebrating Diwali with them. Go to an old age home or an orphanage and celebrate Diwali with them. Buy some crackers, sweets, diyas, candles etc. and share these things with them. They will be very happy.
These were some ideas for celebrating eco-friendly Diwali. Celebrating eco-friendly Diwali will keep our environment clean and green. So, go ahead and celebrate Eco-Friendly Diwali. Enjoy!
Happy Diwali to You and Your Family.