I know reading this title must have got you singing the song too. Ain’t I right?
As Diwali approaches, we get a lot of WhatsApp and Instagram messages asking us not to burst crackers to avoid pollution and not to lit too many lights and conserve electricity. This got my husband thinking and he made me write this blog.
The real essence of the festivals is the ritual that come with it and if you try to remove that element from it, it won’t seem like a festival. Now since Diwali is just few days away, I will first speak about it.
Some fun facts;
- We all know that Air pollution is the most serious issue we all are facing and 21 out of 30 cities were from India in the 2019 index for the most polluted cities in the world. Now this index is for the entire year and not just during Diwali time.
- The major causes of pollution in India are vehicular pollution transmitted from cars, buses and other mode of transportation, thermal power plants and industrial emission. Diwali comes just for a day in the entire year.
- The months of October and November see a rise in the pollution towards the northern side, due to the burning of rice stubbles by the farmers in Punjab and Haryana. This is the easiest way for them to get rid of their worthless straw which exacerbates the issue in hand.
- When India wins any matches in Cricket and during the opening ceremony of these matches, the fireworks and celebration are at the same level or infact more than the joy of Diwali.
So for people who wake up to enlightenment during Diwali time, I wish to ask them a few questions;
1. What’s your mode of transportation? Do you choose your car or auto or always travel by bus?
2. How much effort do you put to conserve energy at home, workplace and everywhere?
I am not advocating or encouraging air pollution but my point here is that, why do people target festivals to share their concern and turn a blind eye and faulter throughout the year for the same issue? It’s like hypocrisy on the face with glib words rolling off the tongue.
Gallons and gallons of water gets wasted everyday. Every Indian wastes around 0 to 45 liters of water in a day (Source) but come Holi and people realize that they need to conserve water and not let it go wasted. FYI, Kolkata wastes the highest amount of water in India followed by Banglore.
The world is filled with meat eaters, A very small percentage of the world population is vegetarian and India, despite its religious reasons, still has a vegetarian population of 20 – 40% only, but during Eid, messages are spread about not to sacrifice a Bakri.
People in the western countries advocate to not cutting Christmas trees to adorn and decorate their house during Christmas but use wooden logs to lit the fire place during winters and have wooden furniture at home.
India is a secular land and from January to December we have festivals throughout the year which have a spiritual and mythological meaning behind it, may it be the farmer cutting his first crop, the colors of joy in the air during Holi, beautiful lights during Diwali or the Sheer Khurma during Eid.
In the journey of our lives, we go through ample of emotions of happiness, guilt, sadness, heartbreaks, responsibilities be it moral or social and these festivities help us unite with warmth and love as we touch base with our spiritual side. The energy between human connect in the spirit of joy and festivities is like fueling the car and giving it the mileage until you need the next refill.
Let’s take care of our mother planet in better ways rather than targeting the celebrations. If we are to believe that these festivities are hampering the nature, then I would like to say that these are not the only reasons. Would everyone stop having wooden furniture in the house, stop reading newspapers and books or travel in car, use technology or start factories? So let’s all be happy as we enjoy our moment when its actually the time to do so.
Credit: The concluding views and opinions have been suggested by my husband Kunal Kajaria who had also suggested the topic and asked me to blog about it.