Have a safe and noiseless Diwali this year!

Diwali is a festival of lights which is celebrated throughout India. It’s a festival of joy which is meant to spread happiness among people. The name ‘Deepavali’ literally means an ‘array of lights’. The festival marks the victory of good over the evil. Why is Diwali celebrated? According to Hindu legends, Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from 14 years of exile after Rama defeated Ravana. To celebrate the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from Lanka, people of Ayodhya lighted diyas and decorated the city with lights.

In olden days it was celebrated by lighting diyas. With the advent of technology, lights, lamps, candles and bursting of crackers became synonymous with Diwali.

Nowadays, people burst dangerous crackers limitlessly. Crackers pollute our environment. They do affect ozone layer. The toxic gas produced when crackers are burst is harmful to health of humans and plant. The noise produced by crackers majorly affects birds and animals. Many people in rural and urban areas burst crackers which may cause threat to their lives. Why we need to avoid busting firecrackers? They cause noise pollution, air pollution, harmful gases, garbage, fire accidents.

No doubt, Diwali is the festival of lights but bursting limitless crackers lends no meaning. We should try to minimise use of firecrackers during Diwali celebrations. The need for a noiseless Diwali is gaining momentum since few years. But it has not yet reached that level to which we all can say ‘we celebrated a noiseless, safe and pollution-free Diwali’.

A festival must be treated like a festival and not like enjoyment or nuisance. Instead of celebrating a noisy Diwali we can celebrate it by sharing gift cards with people, sharing sweets, decorating our homes with colorful rangoli and contributing some funds to the poor people. I kindly request people of India to minimise the use of firecrackers this Diwali and make it an eco-friendly one. Have a safe and noiseless and safe Diwali!

– By S Pooja, Journalism student at Mahajana First Grade College

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