How to Celebrate a Green Diwali

11 October  |  Miscellaneous

Green Diwali is a return to the festivities that too place when Lord Rama returned to his kingdom, Ayodhya, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman after 14 years of exile.Houses were decorated with rangoli, diya’s were lit in all corners of the house and people celebrated this festival of lights by greeting each other with love and enthusiasm.

Through the years the nature of celebrations saw a change with loud crackers and toxic smoke taking over from the spirit of prayer and joy. With increasing consciousness this is now set to change, with more and more Indians advocating a green Diwali.

Crack it thoughtfully

Every year tonnes of crackers are burst in India alone. The heavy smog produced as a result of this is harmful to our respiratory system. It’s equivalent to inhaling poison! Before lighting a cracker, let’s be considerate about the future of our planet and think how a few seconds of thrill can damage our health.

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There are several ways to celebrate this festival without polluting our surroundings and causing damage to our health.

  1. Bonfire with dry leaves, grass and twigs or Eco-friendly crackers that are made from recycled paper:Light up a bonfire with naturally available resources and gather all your loved ones for a time ofgames and activities. You can also burst eco-friendly crackerswhich have a lowchemical content asthey emit less smoke.
  2. Go Earthy: Diyaslend a traditional and earthy touch to your decor. The flickering lights of the diya add an aesthetic appeal to the house.
  3. Upcycled décor: Sarees and dupatta’s can be remodelled and used creatively to decorate the house. Kid’s craft materials can be used as Diwali decoration to beautify different corners of the house, like, doors and wall hangings or in prayer rooms. This will give the festival a green tinge by reusing everyday items in innovative ways to create beautiful products.
  4. Biodegradable rangoli: Rangoli in ancient times were created with edible materials that could be consumed by the birds. Instead of using harmful colours that can be quite tedious to remove, let’s mix add beauty with acts of good deed by using rice powder, millets, pulse, dried chilly and cardamom to substitute the colours.Also, south Indian kolam and Bengali alpana, made with rice paste, are great options. This is 100% recyclable.
  5. Green Gifts:Best Diwali gifts are those that are shared with love and consideration. Gift your loved ones with flowers, recycled clay lamps and other decoratives. Turn old liquor bottles into traditional lamp shades. Another thoughtful Diwali gift would be gifting a plant. It shows that you care for the planet. Different plants and flowers when gifted signify different meanings.

Since Diwali is all about celebrating and sharing happiness, spread your love to those who don’t have anyone to share the joy with. Visit old age homes, orphanages and those who are away from their family gift them memories.To make the most of your break, you could even go on a short vacation to one of the Discovery Village resorts for a much-needed break.

Let’s revisit how Diwali (read eco-friendly Diwali) was actually celebrated and spread the knowledge to those around us.

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