Grand fireworks and bursting of crackers and celebration bombs are an essential part of most festivals across the world, especially in India during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Diwali, today has come to be associated with fireworks, so much so that people have been ignoring environmental hazards caused by it and continue to burst crackers during the festival. This Diwali, say no to firecrackers and yes to clean environment.

Firecrackers are one of the leading causes of air and noise pollution during the festival.  The celebration with crackers poses threat to human health and the environment in general.

Celebrate the true meaning of Diwali by spreading happiness and healthy celebration all around. Ring in the change and celebrate the festival in a new way where there can still be festivities and joyous feelings sans the use of firecrackers that add to the already high pollution in cities.

How to make your Diwali celebration meaningful

Prepare your house, heart and mind to welcome Diwali. Keep your surroundings clean and vibrant.

When Diwali comes, start your day by decorating your house with lovely fragrant flowers. Let the beauty in you reflect in your living spaces.

Beautify your house with attractive paper lanterns, mystical hangings, traditional bells and colourful rangoli. It is a good way to invite Lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi on this auspicious day.

Bring in the divine traditional flavour to the festival by lighting traditional lamps and diyas in the evening.

Above all, adorn yourself in fashionable traditional attire and visit the sick and the poor apart from your relatives and close friends. Brighten up their lives with sweet gifts.

Visit an old-age home, the orphans and the widows. Buy things for the needy. They will cherish it and your celebration will be made meaningful this way.

After the Lakshmi poojan in the evening, you can substitute fireworks with a live musical evening. You can plan a small closely knit family and friends get together at your place.

Bonfire and few games can add spice to the evening. Complement the party with a rich candlelight dinner.

Discourage your kids to burn crackers and inculcate these good morals in them.

Your initiation in the drive to say no to crackers can also save child labourers engaged in fireworks factory. A sheer thought of accomplishment of these responsibilities towards society gives an immense and long-lasting satisfaction which fireworks can never give.