Diwali is a festival of celebration, love, and extravagance and the thought of celebrating Diwali without crackers is one that is hard to imagine.When Lord Ram Chanderji defeated Ravan and came back home after 14 years of exile, people of Ayodhya decorated their homes and the markets with earthen lights in joy and thus this festival came into existence. Diwali is also known as the festival of lights.This festival also signifies the victory of good over evil. Even now people celebrate by illuminating earthen lamps and firing crackers. People visit their friends and relatives and exchange sweets and gifts to express their happiness. Firing crackers give us joy but it also gives us noise and air pollution which has hazardous effects on our health. Loud crackers cause a lot of distress for elderly people, young children, strays, and pets not to mention the environment pollution caused by smoke & fumes. So, wanna know how to celebrate this Diwali as government banned firing of crackers?
How to celebrate this Diwali as Government banned the Crackers?
Seriously, there is nothing girly about it. It’s your place, and the way you treat it, to a great extent, defines who you are. Cleanliness is godliness, beauty is happiness. As much as you might hate it, you will love the outcome. So help your mom in the Diwali cleaning as far as you can. On Diwali, light up the house inside out. For once in a year, don the interior designer’s hat for your own space, and I assure, you’ll be proud of it.
Substitute candles and electric diyas with the good old oil diyas that are bio-degradable, cost-effective, traditional and very beautiful. Wheat dough, orange peels, coconut shells, and seashells are some great options for DIY diyas. Plus, you will also be contributing to reducing the electricity consumption that normally reaches sky high levels during Diwali. If you would rather have electric lighting anyway, opt for LED lights.
There couldn’t be a better occasion than this to call over all your dear friends and relatives and have a blast of a time. Sit together, play good games, share jokes and memories, sing happy songs, have good food and drinks, maybe watch a great movie, do creative stuff, and above all, DANCE! Show that one doesn’t need to be good at dancing to have some fun, for it is all about letting yourself free.
Spend your time with family. Diwali comes once in a year. This is a festival when we get a chance to meet our family members and elders. We are so busy in our daily life that we hardly spare a free time for them. Many of us, work away from our family. Diwali gives us an opportunity to do a family reunion and spend a quality time with them. So, we must not miss this chance and celebrate this festival with our near and dear ones.
No worries! It isn’t the gifts exchanged that matter here, it is the ritual, the practice that does. When people who do not get to see each other the whole year, decide to visit each other and spend some time talking, eating and laughing, it strengthens bonds. You may or may not want or need them, you may or may not be fond of them, but it is always good to be friendly. Getting to meet cousins and friends, predicting who will give the “best” Gifts, unwrapping presents with an enthusiasm that will always be more than what shall follow.
Weeks before Diwali people clean their houses to attract positive energy in their homes. People take out unwanted things like toys, household items, and clothes. Donate these unwanted things to an orphanage or to a local shelter. You can also buy some new clothes, crackers, books, colors, sweets etc for them. This way you can make their Diwali brighter and you will have a memorable Diwali.
Chemical colors may look appealing but try designing a rangoli using natural colors and you will never go back to using the chemical rangoli colors. Imagine having an option to use the different colored pulses, fresh flowers and bright yellow turmeric and red kumkum! What a stunning rangoli can be designed out of these!