Diwali - also known as the Festivals of Lights - is an auspicious day for Hindus around the world. It marks the start of the Hindu calendar and also represents the victory of Good over Evil.
But, as a part of the celebration, the environment is affected in a very negative manner. For starters, air pollution rises exponentially. In Indian cities with already poor air quality, more negative contributions can only mean bad things for its residents. That's why we bring you some ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali in 2018.
1. Replace Candles with Diyas
Candles are made with wax, and its holder is usually made with metal or plastic - which is later thrown away. This metal or plastic takes hundreds (if not thousands) of years to decompose. On the other hand, diyas can be used again and again, and are made of an earthly material. The ability to reuse it and the fact that it easily decomposes makes it a better choice.
2. Don't Burn Fire Crackers
The simple burning of firecrackers leads to the air pollution level to rise up drastically. In cities such as Delhi, people have a hard time to breathe, let alone do any other daily tasks for weeks to come. Not only this, there is the added negative effect of noise pollution. By not burning firecrackers, we are doing the environment (and ourselves) a big favour.
3. Make Your Rangoli with Flowers
Not only are flowers good for the environment, but they are also chemical free. This way, they will decompose easily, and you are not introducing any toxic chemicals into your home. Not to mention, flowers will add a fresh and natural fragrance in your house. Now, isn't that a beautiful touch to your Diwali celebrations?
4. Reuse Last Year's Lights
At times, people tend to buy new lights every year for Diwali. This year, let's make a pact to cut down our use of plastic and let's reuse last year's lights.
5. Don't Waste Food
During festival season, at times, food tends to go waste. This year, let's keep an eye out and only cook the amount of food that we need. In the case of an unavoidable situation, any leftover food can be donated to the poor. This way, food does not go waste, and someone's stomach gets filled.
Is there any other eco friendly ways to celebrate Diwali that we missed? Let us know!