Udupi: Eco-friendly Diwali - Turn festival of lights into divine experience

Harshini Brahmavar
Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Oct 21: Every festival Indians celebrate comes with its its own flavour and significance. Deepavali, our festival of lights, which is celebrated all over India, has spread its fragrance all over the world, and is celebrated by people of other countries too. It also has its own history and importance. Deepavali happens to be one of the most colourful, endearing, and sacred festivals celebrated by Hindus. Mythologically it entails celebration on the occasion of return of Lord Rama to his kingdom, Ayodhya, after 14 years of exile, and after annihilating demons and rescuing his wife.

This festival comes about twenty days after Dussehra, when winter is about to set in. The festival provides an opportunity to wear new clothes, meet friends and relatives, distribute sweets, decorate houses and surroundings with tasteful Diyas. It signifies positiveness towards the future and invites everyone to enjoy in an air of exuberance, forgetting any downhill journey they may be experiencing in their own lives at the time.

Deepavali symbolizes triumph of good over the evil. Diyas are lit to dispel darkness of ignorance with the light of enlightenment and knowledge.

Bursting of crackers has been an integral part of this festival. Young and old alike find it a fun to burst crackers but there are occasions when they inflict tragedy. At night, Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is worshipped in the form of earthen images, silver and gold coins, ornaments, etc.

A time has come for us to rethink about the entire gamut of this festival. It it not an opportune time for us to celebrate this festival by keeping pollution at bay? Everyone knows that global warming has been posing danger to the existence of human beings, and pollution and chemicals can cause the situation to worsen. They also pose several health hazards apart from exposing the concerned to the risk of suffering grave injuries, loss of eyesight, and sometimes even causing death.

Crackers many a time are manufactured by forcing children to work in factories. They are hazardous in nature, and pollute the climate, besides spreading litter everywhere they are used, in addition to resulting in huge expenses. Not using crackers does not harm anyone, and on the other hand, improves quality of our surroundings. Why use them and hurt the entire planet including ourselves?

Are we, in the name of Festival of Lights, transforming Deepavali into a festival of pollution and destruction by grossly neglecting core issues that are serious, which cry for our immediate attention? Are we engaging in using crackers excessively to showcase our affluence, as a measure of competition with neighbours, and to assert our statuses? We see people frittering away thousands, sometimes, even lacs of rupees, to fire their own sense of ego.

It is time for us to prudently think whether we are keeping date with the world that is getting more educated and civilized, by indulging in meaningless expenditure to create garbage and destroy our climate.

Of course, it is not a big challenge to meet. Although bursting of crackers may give joy to many, is it is not our responsibility to consider the reality and modify our line of thinking? Can we not pledge to use only carbon-free, noiseless crackers which do not harm us and the environment? The cost of crackers is shooting up with each passing year, and what we get by burning them is ash and chemical pollution.

Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu is known for factories engaged in production of firecrackers and matches, which account for 70 percent of the country's produce. The total annual turnover is around 20 billion (US$320 million). Of late, Chinese crackers have flooded our markets, siphoning off our precious foreign exchange. This is just one example.

Governments should take the issue very seriously and enforce stringent laws on production, sales, use, advertisement, etc, besides making a bid to spread the idea of not using crackers.
Be smart, be civilized, use your knowledge and thinking power, stop a while and think of others and try to celebrate without burning crackers.

With these thoughts, we wish you all a happy Deepavali. Celebrate Deepavali and all the other festivals in eco-friendly way without using crackers and other pollutants. Share this message with others, and contribute towards a safer, healthier earth.


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  • elitemedia, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 23 2014

    let the green media switch off their air condition. let us take public transport, walk. Let us stop eating animals. This will have tremendous impact on global carbon and noise output. Diwali crackers writing is a pass time for the out of touch media.

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  • Saty, Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 23 2014

    I simply do not like crackers and I really do not know the rationale behind causing this immense noise and air pollution. Diwali is the festival of lights and not of sound.
    Lets light Diyas at homes, kids enjoy sweets, gifts, sparkles, flowerpots etc. The fireworks can be carried out at a public place under supervision and carried out by experts and we need to ban the production and sale of those dreaded rockets and bombs. Have we not read people losing their eyes and even lives after those stray rockets hitting them?

    This year, I got a sweet packet from my company and we consumed a bit of it and then with some nice biscuit packets along with it, I gave it to the garbage collectors who come in my colony. The sweet packet was so nice and his smile after he got it was worth a 1000 crackers.

    Lets do something this way and truly to the spirit of the festival.

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  • Peter lewis, kalmady/k s a

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Educative article, thanks to writer. I wish all of my Hindu brethren a prosperous and peaceful festival of lights Deepavali.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Happy divali to all.As I was brought up in a area with lots of Hindu neighbours,Divali was for me just like xmass ,and till now it remained the fragrance or joy of it remained with me.They used to tell me as a thanksgiving feast for the good crop and used light lights in fields.we used to share it ,naturally the tasty Rice patholis with coconut and jaggery also.That is still in my rememberance and many other functions connected to Divali.

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  • sid, mangalore

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Happy and Prosperous Diwali to all . God Bless all and our Country

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  • Gammath, mumbai

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    If any one wants Diwali Crackers at One Third price, contact your nearest Congress office.. Unused since May 2014

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Very sensible and timely eye opening article by Harshini, Brahmavar!

    This must be an eye opener to all irrespective of your religion, because the annual wastage of money burnt, or wasted in other forms is increasing every year during various festivities in India.

    We also must take note of the points raised in the article, and spread the spirit of festivities by distributing food to the poor, sick and home less people, or though any charitable causes for which there are plenty of opportunities.

    Do something constructive to prevent pollution, and mindless wastage during your respective festivals.

    Jai Hind.

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  • Suleman Beary, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Happy Diwali to all Daiji readers.
    Wishing them happiness,brightness and "Acche Din" on their way.

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  • Sunil, Dubai

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Deepavali is just once in a year. However after every electons all parties fire crackers and nobody has objecton to it. EC should ban this as well.
    Let children enjoy Deepavali once in a year by lighting lamp and firing cracker. What is wrong in it?

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  • Gammath, mumbai

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Industrial Pollution 365 days 24*7 = No Problem,
    Vehicle Pollution 365 days 24 * 7 = No Problem,
    Diwali - 1 -3 hours a YEAR = BIG BIG Problem..

    Shame on such Elements who point finger at Hindu Festival... There are 1000's of way one can save environment pollution, than 2 hours of FUN per year...

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  • SDK, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    adding to this ,killing animals i mean sacrificing for some festivals not a problem?only during diwali all this stupid upadeshas are coming ?why always give free advice to one perticular group?why not raising voice on other serious issues ?

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    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Global warming due to cracker's
    not with bombing. We are in 21st century but we are so stupid that first we destroy than we rebuild. Why can't we stop the silly war's and use that money to feed the poor in the world. No we are so egoistic that we spend for war not for hungry.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Tue, Oct 21 2014

    Well written, very sensible article.
    Thank you daiji for published time being article. Happy diwali all my Hindustanis..

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