Diwali or Deepawali is known as the 'Festival of Lights and is one of the most important Hindu festivals in India. Festival of Lights is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya along with Devi Sita and brother Lakshman after 14 years of exile (vanvaas). On this day, people decorate their home with diyas, rangolis, and decorative lights, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts with each other, burn crackers, and in the evening perform Lakshmi Pujan. Deepawali is celebrated exactly after ten days of Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami.
Let’s celebrate Diwali with lights and diyas and return to our traditional ways to celebrate the auspicious day. Here is how to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali
1. Save Electricity
The energy used in normal electronic lights is wasted a lot. Instead of using the traditional way such as lighting Diyas and Candles to celebrate the festival, simply use flowers, LED lamps, LED lights, and rangolis to decorate your houses with
2. Say NO to Crackers
Although some environmentally-friendly crackers have begun to flood the market and are definitely less polluting than others, this Diwali, give the fireworks a complete miss. Instead, get all the children of the community to go for nature walks in the evening and celebrate this festival of lights by spending time lighting candles on the terrace or in an open space. You could even have the kids blowing up brown paper bags and bursting them by jumping on them. The sound will be cheerful enough to usher in Diwali.
3. Reduce Plastic Use
During the Diwali celebration, one thing that gets everyone excited about is Diwali shopping! However, shopping means a lot of plastic bags. Let’s say ‘No’ to plastic shopping bags and use cloth bags when going out for shopping.
4. Organic Rangoli Colours
Rangolis are a huge part of Diwali celebrations. Pretty and colorful designs make our houses look beautiful, but synthetic colors are dangerous for the environment and unhealthy when inhaled and cause serious health issues. Let’s opt for rangolis that can be made using flowers, or use eco-friendly colors that do not cause harm to our surroundings. Organic rangoli colors are available in the markets easily.
5. Eco-Friendly Crockery
Diwali means a visit from your friends and family and sharing a delicious meal with them. Take out your fancy china or expensive crockery for the dinner entourages, show off your crockery. Do not use disposable plates or other options like banana leaves, areca leaf plates, and sugarcane bowls, while they seem to be eco-friendly by saving washing water, it takes a lot of water to produce these single use items.
6. Earthen Oil Diyas Instead Of LEDs
What is Diwali without bright lights? Electricity is a depleting resource, and Diwali is the festival where we leave out LEDs turned on for several nights. Instead of buying plastic LEDs and lamps, use oil diyas, organic candles, incense sticks, and other substitutes.
Diwali is not only the festival of lights but a festival of happiness. Make sure you make it happy for everyone around you, including mother nature.