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Celebrate a Safe and Environment-friendly Deepavali

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Deepavali
, the Hindu festival of lights, is one of the most popular and favorite festivals of Indians. The entire country is illuminated with glittering lights, both traditional and electrical. The festival brings happiness and joy in the families.

Many a times, fire accidents take place while celebrating the festival and people may get affected due to such fire accidents. Even while making crackers / fireworks in the manufacturing factories at Sivakasi, fire mishaps may occur. Recently, there was a fire accident in one of the cracker manufacturing factories in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu and few workers lost their lives.

Keeping in view the fire accidents and the harmful effects of Deepavali, people should celebrate the festival in a much safer and environment-friendly way. This would help in preventing the pollution caused and also helps in preventing various health related problems among the fellow being.

The festival can be celebrated in a much safer way by decorating the homes beautifully with fresh seasonal flower garlands, decorating the floors with traditional floor designs i.e. rangoli  and light up your homes with traditional oil lit lamps. Prepare traditional special Diwali recipes, worship Goddess Lakshmi in the evening. Have family gatherings or meet your friends and share your festive joy with them, mutually distribute sweets and spend a good time with your near and dear ones. This would help in spreading happiness and helps in maintaining cordial relationship with the near and dear ones.

Strive for a greener and safer Diwali, try to avoid competing with friends and neighbors while bursting crackers. Have a community center as a common place for gathering and bursting limited crackers in these places. These community centers should be at distant places with no thatched houses nearby. People who want to enjoy fire crackers on Diwali day can go to such community centers for celebrating the festival. This would not only reduce the pollution due to limited bursting of crackers but at the same time it won't be creating disturbance to the patients, senior citizens, infants and others who cannot bear high decibels of sound. Celebrating Diwali in community centers won't generate much of trash everywhere. This even helps in reducing freak fire accidents. When the festival is celebrated in such common places, there is much of sharing of the enjoyment and even children would involve in bursting crackers would be under the supervision of elders.

For celebrating a greener Deepavali, enhance the beauty of your house by decorating it in a much traditional way with flowers and oil lit earthen lamps. If you are an art lover, you can use fancy designer diyas which give an ethnic look instead of going for colorful electric bulbs. In a country where there is much shortage of power, it is not good to use electric bulbs as this would drastically increase the power consumption across the country.
Keeping the above listed issues, it is always better to go for a traditional way of celebrating Diwali. Cut short the use of fire crackers for a safer, greener and healthier tomorrow.

Date of Deepavali - Nov 7, 2018 (Wednesday).

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