Let’s Celebrate Green Diwali…….
From darkness into light, from ignorance to knowledge, from unhappiness into bliss, this, indeed, is the
true and deep message that the festival of Diwali brings every year with its joyous celebrations. The
festival of Diwali is the most celebrated and much awaited festival that inspires people to believe in the
power of good. Diwali is heralded as one of the most significant festivals of Hindus and is celebrated
across India and throughout the world. Hindus in the North mainly celebrate this festival to commemorate
the legend of Lord Rama’s return to the Kingdom of Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years while in the
South, it is celebrated to mark the banishment of a demon named Narakasura at the hands of Lord
Krishna. The festival of lights holds great significance in other religions as well, which include Sikhism
and Jainism, though for different reasons.
But sadly enough, this festival has been taken over by the rampage of Firecrackers. Every year millions of
tons of gun powder is being fired just for fun and show off. And we are paying heavily for this fun in
terms of environmental hazards. Sometimes rockets set fire to huts, heaps of dry grass and even houses.
Firecrackers make more noise than the allowed decibel limit. Smog caused by firecrackers is harmful
when inhaled. It also causes reduced visibility. The Central Pollution Control Board of India has also
banned firecrackers with a decibel level of more than 125 at a distance of 4mts from the bursting point.
We all know very well that our environment is slowly being pushed towards degradation for our needs
and luxuries. Our culture has always been of reverence and co-existent with our environment. We must
not push our mother earth little more towards the menace of degradation for our fun or celebration.
Being a sensible human being, I refrain from any sort of firecrackers during Diwali and I also urge my
students and friends to celebrate Green Diwali by planting and gifting saplings to my near and dear ones.
Like previous years, I am starting a mission of Green Diwali by educating people about the harmful effect
of fire crackers and planting more and more saplings. Be part of my mission and contribute in eco-
brotherhood. Please upload your photographs of plantation on our app- Green Leaders.