Diwali’s Approaching

This Wednesday it’s Diwali and I wish you all a Happy Diwali in advance. But with Diwali there comes a lot of pollution. It is said that Diwali is a festival of lights, but I think that it is rather a festival of sound. Everyone wants to burst firecrackers, and not only the mild ones but the ones that make the loudest sound. I’ve seen kids light a firecracker, run at a distance and put their fingers in their ears to block its sound. Then what’s the use of wasting money for buying those expensive and loud firecrackers.

Our earth is already getting polluted day by day and the truth is, nobody cares about it. Yesterday (or day before yesterday, I don’t remember), students from a nearby school went rallying throughout the city shouting, “This year, celebrate a pollution-free Diwali.” But I bet not a single one among them would be making a pollution-free Diwali. White lies.

According to the epic Ramayana, when Lord Rama returned after his exile with Sita, people of Ayodhya didn’t light firecrackers to celebrate, instead they lighted diyas to illuminate the whole place. We still follow that tradition but I can’t understand who started the trend to burn firecrackers and cause headache to people.

We already live in a polluted city. There is an industrial area only a couple of kilometers away from where every night chemical gases (which smell really disgusting) are discharged. These gases are a headache to me. Not to mention the dense smog that accumulates every morning when I commute to college. Visibility reduces to only 1 to 1.5 kilometers. Now on top of all this, there is dense smoke arising from those damn firecrackers.

When I was small, I and my brother also used to light firecrackers but I stopped it when I came to know about the pollution thing (and one other reason was that firecrackers were becoming expensive to buy year by year). This year, celebrate Diwali keeping in mind this planet’s health, light diyas to spread light everywhere (it also helps eliminate house pests) and think about our future generations before lighting a firecracker.

Once again, wish you all a happy Diwali.

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