Eco-friendly Diwali Celebrations!

It's a day which reverberates with the message of victory of light over darkness or good over evil! A day which carries great spiritual significance and is one of the prime festivals of India! A day whose aura of radiance is so magnificent that various countries all across the world, such as- Malaysia,  Singapore, Fiji, Guyana, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Trinidad &Tobago, Thailand... etc. are found drawn into its divinity, echoing the spirit of celebration inherent in it! Yes, it's the auspicious day of Diwali, which, as per the legend, marks the arrival of Lord Rama to his Kingdom, Ayodhya, from an exile of 14 long years. Everyone was over-whelmed to see their beloved Lord and expressed their joy by lighting their homes and decorating them. Since then, every year this day is celebrated to commemorate the insightful message of treading the path of righteousness while annihilating the evil, as disseminated by Lord Rama. Fire-crackers are burnt, sweets and gifts are exchanged, houses are decorated with lights and lamps, etc.


However, with time, as we witness changes in the environment, there is a need to bring corresponding modifications in our style of celebrations, harmonising it with the nature and surroundings, In line with this aspect only, we see the coming up of eco-friendly ways to celebrate a Green and healthy Diwali.


Let's know about the various innovative ways that are seemingly in vogue to paint every dimension of this festival with the shades of eco-friendliness.


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Eco-friendly paints

To cherish the spirit of newness, getting the homes painted on the occasion of Diwali is a common trend. However, the trend is undergoing a new make-over, with the upcoming options of non-toxic, lead free as well as organic paints and varnishes. These paints are beneficial both...
 

Organic Rangoli

 The tradition of adorning the entrance of the house with the colourful patterns of Rangoli on the day of Diwali is considered very auspicious. However, in consonance with changing times, the tradition is also undergoing an eco-phase-shift! The trend of using chemical-based colours, dyes, and paints is gradually fading away and flower petals, dried leaves, etc. are making their way. The fragnance of flowers undoubtedly creates a perfect festive ambience. Moreover, grocery items like...


Eco-friendly Candles and Earthen Lamps (diyas)...

Eco-friendly festoons...

 Eco-friendly crackers...

 How about Eco-friendly apparel... Eco-friendly feasts and Biodegradable crockery... Eco-friendly celebrations... Organic gifts...

 
... Various schools have launched action-based activities such as tree plantation and cleanliness drives, along with anti cracker rallies. ...They have devised a new definition of Diwali, which says-

D- Donate for the right cause

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To know the complete definition of Diwali and furthermore, read the complete article in the Oct'16 edition of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine.

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