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The festive season is upon us, Indians in India and around the world are celebrating one of their biggest festivals... Diwali ! Happy Diwali to all my blog friends around the world !!
I've mentioned before on the blog, that I'm not much of a religious person, so for me festivals don't have a high religious significance, however that does not mean I don't celebrate them, I love celebrating any ocassion, big or small and festivals are no different. I love to celebrate them, including diwali and enjoy the festivities associated with it .
I enjoy almost all the aspects associated with celebration festivals like diwali, like the food, new clothes, new jewellery, sweets, gifts, diyas, rangoli, etc etc....however there's a big part of the diwali celebrations that I'm not a huge fan of, and in fact would like to see go away and that is the bursting crackers part .
For many people Diwali is incomplete without bursting crackers, while I understand that this is the main festival where crackers are burst, but I'm unable to understand, why they are needed for a festival of lights.
My specific bone of contention is with crackers that make loud noises , like mini bombs etc. They are the worst kind of crackers anyone can ever think of, and I fail to see what's festive about them.
I can enjoy the fountain or the chakra type of crackers or even a fulzhadi is okay, but why the loud, thundering, deafening bombs, what celebration do they help ???
Lately I find the noise level to have reached unbelievable proportions , it has definitely crossed the line from just a celebration to the nuisance of noise pollution . During diwali the bursting starts very early in the morning and goes on way into the night, giving very little respite from the deafening sounds.
The WHO ( World Health Organization) describes the impact of noise pollution as;
Annoyance, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, inability to concentrate, inability to learn, heart attacks, strokes, loss of productivity, etc. Fetuses and newborns are most affected and may lose hearing!
Aren't the above reasons, good enough for us to limit or moderate our cracker bursting levels ?? Would the diwali be any less festive without some deafening and dangerous bombs ?? There's no consideration for the elderly or the sick or a newborn who may be affected by such vulgar use of these crackers.
Apart from the problem of noise pollution is also the problem of air pollution that is caused by huge quantity of crackers that are burst duirng diwali, at times the air gets so thick with smoke from the crackers that it's nearly impossible to see beyond a few feet.
Is all this damage necessary to fully enjoy a festival ??? Many of these crackers are extremely dangerous and many a times are handled by children resulting in unnecessary and completely avoidable accidents, Why all this needless damage, to our surroundings, our bodies, mother nature and our children ?? Can't we find a better, less damaging way to celebrate diwali and still express our joy??? Why does a festival wish need to be accompanied with safe ?? as in 'Have a safe and happy diwali ' , isn't this an indication that things have gone too far in the wrong direction ??
Even beyond diwali, I find that many other Indian festivals we do tend to cause a lot of needless damage. During Ganeshotsav and durga puja it is the water pollution cause due to the immersion of the idols into our precious water resources, during holi it is the damage to our surroundings with stains of colors that sometimes stay for years to come, and also the wastage of wood, to burn the holika. I can go on, but I'll leave it at that. I think we can all see many such examples of needless damage to resources and nature around us in many of our celebrations.
I dunno, if any of this needless damage will ever be reduced or minimized, but I'm sure that if we all make a conscious effort towards making small and effective changes in the way that we choose to celebrate our festivals going forward, it will certainly be a step in the right direction.
I wish you all a happy, bright a prosperous diwali, and be sure to stay safe !!