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The excitement of Diwali celebration is unmatched to any other festival in India. The whole country rejoices the spectacular festival of light, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. People revel in festive mood by shopping, decorating their homes, distributing sweets to loved ones and dressing in beautiful, traditional clothes. The most awaited festival of the country, is also the most polluting as well. Every year, Diwali raises a lot of environmental concerns because of which many people celebrate the festival by going green. If you are one of those people who want to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali this year but don’t know how to, then here are some Diwali celebration ideas to get you started.

  1. Ditch the crackers: Bursting crackers is one of the highlights of this festival but the amount of air and noise pollution it causes is extremely damaging to the environment. So, ditch the crackers this year and celebrate a peaceful Diwali instead by making beautiful rangolis, decorating the house with reusable products and doing pooja to the deity.
  2. Celebrate as a community: Saying no to crackers would be the best thing to do this Diwali, but if this is not an option then you can limit yourself to buying very few crackers, or you could also celebrate the festival as a community. This way you will be able to minimize the pollution and increase the bonding between you and your community members.
  3. Celebrate indoors: Diwali is the time when the whole family comes together and celebrates the festival of lights with glee. Celebrate the festival by decorating the house, lighting diyas, doing pooja to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi and feasting on delicious food. Light incense sticks and dhoop to make your home seem more festive for the occasion.
  4. Light diyas: Most homes nowadays opt for serial lights to make their homes look festive, which takes up a lot of electricity. Instead of illuminating the house with lights, you can invest in earthen diyas or reusable lamps. These will make your home look bright and beautiful and will help save electricity.
  5. Donate: Diwali is that time of the year when people buy gifts for loved ones. This diwali do something different, instead of buying gifts for people who are already well-off, buy gifts for the needy. Spread some joy this Diwali by doing some charity.

This Diwali remember the principle of the three R’s:

  • Reduce the air and noise pollution.
  • Refuse to burst crackers.
  • Rethink before you buy unnecessary things for the festival.

Let us take a pledge to go green this Diwali by celebrating the festival responsibly. Happy Diwali!

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