As Diwali, the festival of lights, is nearing, people in India are enjoying the festive season but this time with an eco-friendly approach.
Diwali or Deepawali, as it is popularly known in India, is indeed the biggest and the brightest festival celebrated in the country. It marks the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile. To celebrate his arrival, every autumn, Deepavali, the festival of lights, is observed around the country with great fervour and gaiety.
But, with lights and crackers, comes air and noise pollution, which brings along other associated problems. As Diwali is fast approaching coming Sunday, state administrations, NGOs and individuals in the country are appealing to the people to celebrate this Diwali in an eco-friendly way.
While these celebrations may seem fun, their long-term consequences are not. Smoke from the crackers raise air pollution to dangerous levels, energy and food wastage increases noticeably, cracker debris litter the roads and several elderly people and animals suffer from anxiety attacks.
This year cracker stalls have seen less outcome of people. “People are refraining from bursing crackers this diwali!” said Raj Kumar, a sall owner. While there is a strong call for boycotting chinese products this festive season, people are not quite inclined towards buying the India made products too. Cracker stall owners have complained of huge losses as of now, they are still hopeful of customer turnout on diwali day itself.
Also, following continuous shelling from Pak, the people have resorted to dedicate this diwali to our soldiers who are gaurding the border. While our soldier protect ua, and are away from our family, how can we celebrate?”, questioned 14 year old Agrim. “I want to dedicate this diwali to our bravehearts, Jai Hind!”, he added.