Diwali-The festival of Lights

Diwali is one of the most colorful, sacred and loveliest festivals of the Hindus. It is celebrated every year with great joy and enthusiasm throughout the length and breadth of the country.

Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad (University Courses Campus) celebrates all the festival with the full enthusiasm. Every year on the occasion of Diwali institute arranges the hawan pooja to greet Goddess Laxmi on Choti Diwali day. The General Secretary of the institute CA Rakesh Chariya inagurated the hawan ceremony by following certain rituals and customs of the hawan pooja followed by Diwali lunch and   gifts tohgether with loads of diwali wishes and blessings to each and every member of IMS family.

The festival of Diwali marks the happy return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after fourteen year’s exile. It is a festival of lights and festivities. It comes about twenty days after Dussehra and shows the advent of winter. It is to the Hindus what Christmas is to the Christians.

 Diwali is five days long festival, each day named as Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdashi (or Chhoti Diwali), Lakshmi Puja (or Main Diwali), Bali Pratipada (or Govardhan Puja), and Yama Dwitiya (or Bhaiduj). There is a tradition of buying new things on the day of Dhanteras and distributing gifts and sweets on the day of Diwali. We really enjoy this festival every year and eagerly wait for next year.

 Festival lends charms and delight to our lives. The name of the festival itself signifies a row or collection of lamps and this is how the tradition of lighting the earthen lamp with mustard oil is followed all over the India. A few days before Diwali, houses, buildings, shops and temples arc thoroughly cleaned, white-washed and decorated with pictures, toys, and flowers. They look as beautiful as a newly, wedded girl. Beautiful pictures are hung on the walls and everything is tip-top. On the Diwali day, people put on rich clothes and move about in a holiday mood. People exchange greetings and gifts or sweets on this day. At night, buildings are illuminated with earthen lamps, candle-sticks, and electric bulbs.

The city presents a bright and colorful sight. Sweets and toy shops are tastefully decorated to attract the passers-by. The bazaars and-streets are overcrowded. People buy sweets for their own families and also send them as presents to their friends and relatives. Children explode crackers. At night, Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshiped in the form of earthen images and silver rupee. People believe that on this day, Hindu Goddess Laxmi enters only those houses which are neat and tidy. People offer prayers for their own health, wealth, and prosperity. They let the light on so that Goddess Laxmi may find no difficulty in finding her way in and smile upon them. Businessmen open new accounts on this day. But it is very sad that some people gamble on this day. It marks the beauty and sanctity of the festival. Off the whole, this festival is an occasion for joy, thrill, and excitement.

Diwali is a big occasion for celebration and we should always play it safe. Firecrackers and fireworks are a big part of Diwali celebrations. People enjoy celebrating the Festival of Light by lighting up the sky in various colors. But, these crackers are not without disadvantages. Using firecrackers causes lots of noise and air-pollution. Some crackers are loud enough to disturb human-beings. And it can stress to the pets as well. Take it upon you as a social responsibility to celebrate a peaceful Diwali by promoting a noiseless festival. Diwali night becomes full of crackers, noise and smokes however it is not safe for our health and natural environment. It creates toxic substances which get intermingled into the fresh air and make environment polluted.

Recently The Supreme Court has come to the rescue of Delhi-NCR residents yet again by ruling to ban the sale of fireworks until November 1, 2017. Unless one of the other parameters that contribute to the rise of particulate matter in the air (such as crop-stubble burning in neighbouring states or burning of garbage at existing landfills) changes significantly and suddenly over the next 10 days, it will soon become clear to everyone how greatly the combustion of firecrackers over one single evening contributes to Delhi’s pollution. Banning the sale of fireworks is just one tiny step towards cleaning Delhi’s toxic air. But it is a very important one and a great place to begin. Not just because it is a low-hanging fruit and relatively easier to enforce and control than some of the other pollution sources. Not even because if enforced strictly, it will take away at one stroke the single highest contributing factor that kicks off the season of poor air in Delhi.

The ban of firecrackers will raise awareness across all socio-economic groups about the extreme and irreversible damage that PM2.5 causes to the human body; and if enforced strictly by the local government, will demonstrate its willingness and intention to take such an important issue seriously and give it the attention it deserves. There are at least five other sources that contribute heavily to PM2.5, and all of them need to be controlled. However, some of them, such as the burning of crop stubble, garbage, and biomass, have been even tougher to enforce. Others, like industrial combustion in power and cement sectors, have norms that need stricter enforcement. That leaves vehicular emissions – for which stakeholders are already demanding a faster switch to cleaner fuels like Bharat 5 and 6, CNG and electric vehicles.

Here are few alternative ways to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali:-

  • Placing lanterns in the garden: Colored lanterns look so magical and you can also wind a string of lights around a tree for a beautiful effect.
  • Using soundless and eco-friendly: These days, it is possible to purchase soundless and eco-friendly lights that give you all of the light and color but none of the boom.
  • Donate: The amount you would have otherwise invested in buying firecrackers can be instead donated for a good cause among the poor and the needy.
  • Make, eat and distribute sweets: Spend more time in enjoying the other traditions of this festival like savoring the food delicacies.

 So this Diwali let us all be more aware and join our hands together to celebrate pollution-free Diwali. Let us all decide not to use China-made products to decorate our houses because it directly affects our economy. So, friend, it is the right time to step forward and celebrate an eco-friendly as well as pollution free Diwali by replacing the booms of crackers with the glimpse of joy and togetherness because nothing can be more exciting than celebrating the festival with dear ones.


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