With Diwali right around the corner, it is definitely time to celebrate. But while we celebrate, there is one component of the festivities that over the past few years has been seeing quite a bit of contention. Though thoughts of Diwali immediately bring to mind images of diyas, rangolis, sweets, gifts, and fairy lights, it also conjures the image of fireworks. But with each passing year, more and more people are foregoing this one aspect. Here’s a few of the reasons why:
1. Air Pollution
With the amount of smoke that various fireworks generate, this one reason is definitely at the top of the list. With growing awareness of how bad our air, especially in metro cities, is getting day by day, many people agree that by foregoing the yearly fireworks, it can make a huge difference.
2. Sound Pollution (especially for babies, the elderly, and animals)
Young children and animals both are sensitive, and have sensitive hearing. And most of all, they get tremendously scared with the loud noises. Though it’s purely a show of celebration, for them, it ends up being quite the opposite.
The amount of litter that is spread across the roads the morning after Diwali is probably something you’ve been noticing for a while now, right? Especially if you were lucky (or unlucky) enough to have a sutli line or two set off in your gully. How about we try to keep our streets clean this time?
We’ve all heard the horror stories over the years. The bombs that exploded while still in the hand, the clothes that caught fire from the fountain firework, the rocket that accidently went into someone’s house. Light a diya instead.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not asking you not to celebrate. But maybe factor in the environment, kids, cleanliness, and safety into the picture, and then take a call?
We wish you and your loved ones a very happy and very safe Diwali.