Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The names of the festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly in different regions of India. In many parts of India ,the festivities start with Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to husband-wife relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-Beej dedicated to brother-sister bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.
Diwali is marked by celebrations around Fireworks, lights, sweets and many such things. Houses, shops and other establishments are all lit up with lights. The air around the festivities is marked by regular bursting of crackers .The festivities are never complete without exchange of sweets amongst relatives and friends. The whole idea behind the festivities is to bring out the best in us and create a joyous atmosphere. The challenges that are a part of our everyday existence are given a go by and are replaced with joy and fervor.
It is an important time for traditional businessmen who enthusiastically welcome Goddess Laxmi on Laxmi Puja day. New books of accounts are created in the hope that the year ahead will offer more and better opportunities for earning wealth and prosperity. The demands of maintaining the Joyous mood are met by increased spending of money giving a boost to all businesses irrespective of their type and size.
At the time of this revelry there is also a need to exercise caution so that revelries don’t end up on a miserable note. The continuous bursting of firecrackers leads to a surge in amount pollutants in the air causing breathing disorders and similar health issues. There is an absolute need to exercise caution so that one person’s celebration does not heap miseries on another person. Similar concerns are there around sound pollution and severe burn injuries. A sense of balance is required to avoid the unpleasant incidents. There is an urgent need to channelize some of these expenditure for more meaningful purposes.
Let us pledge to celebrate this Diwali in an eco-friendly way by avoiding smoke creating high decibel crackers. Instead, let us spread love, joy and happiness.
Wishing all a very happy Diwali and a prosperous year ahead!!