Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights and is celebrated to bring good luck to all. The lighted diya not only enlightens the environment but also cast out the darkness of poverty and ignorance. But the real problem today is that people are moving away from the real reason for celebrating this festival of lights. This fiesta of light has now become a problem for the environment all over the country due to the carelessness of people. It is high time that we shed some light on the importance of eco-friendly Diwali celebration.
People all over the world are aware of the drastic changes in the environment and hence it becomes our duty to act responsibly. It is in our hands to save mother nature and make it more liveable for us as well as the other species.
Here are 8 ways for eco-friendly Diwali celebration :
1. Use earthen diyas
As we all know Diwali is the festival of lights, we would all decorate our homes with fancy lights. But this year, go local! Invest in earthen lamps and diyas made by a local vendor and light up your house. Avoid buying led lights or fancy cheap lights made from plastic which can cause harm to the environment.
A step towards a safe and green future starts with us and hence opt ways for eco-friendly Diwali celebration.
2. Use Natural Colours for Making Rangoli
Rangolis were initially made to feed the birds in ancient times! You too can use rice powder, turmeric and coloured rice for your rangoli. You can also choose to make floral rangoli by using marigold, roses and other flowers for decoration.
3. Use Leftover Material to Make Crafts
Explore your creative side by doing DIYs and making something useful out of the waste. You can use old saris or dupattas to make colourful curtains. You can use newspaper for quilling and making lanterns. You can also make creative and colourful wall hangings to decorate your house.
4. Make Homemade Sweets
Nowadays food adulteration is yet another issue which affects the lives of many. It is nothing new when many sweetshops are busted for using substandard ingredients to prepare sweets. Besides if you are on a diet then you can satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy dessert recipes.
5. Make Personalized Gifts for Special Ones
Bake some cookies, cake, etc. for your special ones. You can also make fancy decorative items at home for gifting purpose. Wrap your gifts in the newspaper instead of wasting paper for wrapping.
6. Gift a Plant This Diwali
Gift a sapling to your relatives. A small sapling will not only make a thoughtful gift but will also make the earth greener. You too can do the same thing and grow your love just like the sapling. Gift a plant this Diwali and set a new trend altogether.
7. No noise eco-friendly Diwali celebration
Noise pollution is another issue which causes harm not only to the neighbours but also the animals. Make sure that you celebrate peaceful or quiet Diwali. You will not only feel good but will also help those who need to rest.
8. Celebrate A Cracker Less or Opt for Eco-friendly Crackers
Crackers definitely can burn a hole in one’s pocket! Not only they are costly but are also hazardous to nature. Small and poor children are forced to make these crackers in the factory which has many harmful effects on their health. If in case you don’t want to celebrate Diwali without crackers, opt for the eco-friendly ones or make you own. They are made of recycled paper and they not only make less noise but also add less pollution to the environment.
Let us know which idea caught your attention and what will you do to make your Diwali eco-friendly!