Why Is It So Difficult To Celebrate Diwali In A Joyous Mood?

Festivals are celebrations, mostly related with religious reasons. In a country where we got billions of people with many religions and traditions; their respective festivals are often obstructed by putting bans into any particular ritual or celebration that happens to affect religious sentiments. Now, there mingles a lot of questions and debates; such as environment vs. Celebration, one-day-pollution vs. The-rest-of-the-day-pollution, wastage vs. Conservation, restriction Vs The-only-fun and so on.

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Recently, as the Diwali is approaching, the Supreme Court announced for the second time the banning of fire crackers this in the Delhi NCR region. Following the orders, other State High Courts are also coming with the appeal of banning firecrackers in order to reduce the pollution it creates every year. Even Maharashtra asks its citizens if Diwali can be celebrated without polluting the environment.

Religious and Political hypocrisy hovers around almost all the popular festivals that’s about to happen. It also gives birth to communal debates and differences. 

With the call for ban of the firecrackers, there has been so many different types of opinions raging on social medias. The first thing that one can easily notice are, people playing the blame game among the religious communities led by politicians some celebrity figures.

Approving the reason of ‘environment pollution’ as valid and worth considerable however it leaves so many questions unanswered. 

The debates include ‘killing of animals during Eid’, ‘wastage of water in Holi’, ‘cutting trees during Christmas’, ‘loudspeakers used during Azaan’ and so on, justifying the use of firecrackers during Diwali. And these are harsh realities but true. Not only in Diwali; we all do deal with sacrifices, wastages, dumping of so many unused products in almost every religion. But the outcome is certainly one entertainment.

While some, bringing the historical facts to front, where it states that Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights. ‘Deep’ means oil/ghee lamps whereas firecrackers are certainly not lights. It’s made of gun powders and other chemicals. And hence it is supposed to legitimize the fact that since firecrackers are not something Indian hence we cannot enjoy the festival using it. But doesn’t that mean we can’t use foreign products on our festivals?

That one day celebration with firecrackers can create pollution enough to cause difficulty in breathing and lung cancers. But this certainly makes no difference with the rest of the day which is equivalent to what it’s causing in a single day.

And when the argument is between wastage vs. Conservation, it’s of no doubt there are certainly numerous amount of wastage during any celebrations you name it. Diwali is not an exception. We surely contribute loads of unnecessary wastage to the environment. But we shall also keep in mind the full utilization along with the amusement associated.

No matter how much we complain about environment, pollution, wastages and so on, we do have few days to celebrate festivals. And perhaps, that’s what makes a festival a festival, a Diwali a Diwali. Instead of focusing on one day, people, politicians, and folks on power must have a look at a long term measure for conservation of environment. Keeping the issues on our minds, we should have a real look into the actual environmental issues. But the celebrations and festivals must continue, yes, keeping a full eye on its limitations. Because, if you have a look on a broader scale, the banning of an one-day-celebration can only ban happiness.

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Monirul Islam

12 Oct 2017 12:16 PM


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