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IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE ECO-FRIENDLY DIWALI!
Kali puja is the next big festival in the season, post Durga puja. Also known as Shyama puja, this festival dedicated to Goddess Kali is celebrated in a big way in regions like West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Assam and Bangladesh. Kali puja coincidences with the Lakshmi puja day of Diwali and while we venerate Goddess Kali on this day, the rest of India worships Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali. Kali puja/ Diwali is the festival of lights and colours. There are lights everywhere – puja pandals, houses, streets, commercial complexes all get decorated in different types of lights. Bursting crackers and lighting fireworks also form an integral part of Kali puja/ Diwali celebration. However it is time to be a little more careful in how we choose to celebrate because our celebration should not cause harm to the environment or animals.
Say “no” to sound and air pollution :
Air or sound pollution should be kept under check as we go about making merry. Bursting crackers lead to sound pollution of high level as most of the people still do not follow the regulations regarding decibel. But we need to know that high decibel fire crackers not only cause noise pollution but are extremely harmful for ailing people, old people with weaker hearts and the pets like cats, dogs or birds. Moreover there are some fireworks that emit lots of smoke which pollute the environment and are extremely detrimental to our health. We should strictly say “No” to such things because pollution of all types are creating health hazards, all across the nation.
Our environment, our concern:
Kali puja in the land of Kali is celebrated with much pomp and festivity and fireworks. In fact our whole nation celebrates Diwali with a lot of lights and fireworks. However it is time we stop exploding patakhas or other fireworks, because it is harming our environment infinitely. With global warming becoming a world-wide concern, shouldn’t we be a little more careful? Global warming is the long-term rise in the average temperature of the earth’s climate system. The effects of global warming include rising sea levels, regional changes in precipitation, more frequent extreme weather events such as heat waves and expansion of deserts. As stated by Greta Thunberg, a sixteen- year old Swedish teenager who has become ” a messianic figure for climate change “, we are truly heading towards mass extinction. And it is because our entire eco-system is collapsing. Thus as responsible citizens we should stop bursting crackers or fireworks as a part of merry making and instead decorate our homes with diyas, rangolis and flowers. Please let us all try to be a little more responsible and save our selves and our planet!
KFM wishes you all a happy, colourful and eco-friendly Diwali!!ReplyForward
October 26, 2019
October 17, 2019
The biggest festival of the Bengalis is here. Durga Puja! There is a festive ambience all over the city. People are in a huge hurry to complete their last minute shopping. There are frenzied activities going on in the Puja pandals where the artisans are struggling hard to meet their dead lines. The streets are lined up with huge hoardings and lightings on both sides. The city is gearing up to host the biggest event of the year, yes – Durga Puja 2019. But as we are mostly concentrating on the celebrarion part, aren’t we overlooking some very essential aspects?
While enjoying ourselves to the fullest, we must not forget about the health and hygiene part. Unfortunately, Dengue fever is here again and it is disrupting several lives. We all must carefully avoid to do anything that would create breeding places for mosquitoes. After having foods and beverages in the stalls, we should dispose the cups and plates in proper dustbins and should not just throw them here and there. Plastics should be avoided by all means as they are absolutely harmful for the environment. The packets of potato chips or pop corns or other plastics should never be thrown in drains as this would lead to clogging of the same. Accumulation of waste products on the riad sides or clogging of drains create breeding places for dengue mosquitoes.
That apart, while visiting pandals, we should not indulge in pushing and jostling as those can lead to discomfort and even injuries. In fact, we should make way for senior citizens or kids so that they too get a chance to enter the pandal peacefully. Puja organisers should be careful so as not to play the loud speakers after 10p.m . Sound emanating from the mikes or loudspeakers should be kept under the specified decibel such that to avoid sound pollution. Moreover fire and other electric arrangements of the pandals need to be handled very carefully so that these do not lead to any accident. All in all, we should enjoy but should also be careful of the fact that our enjoyment should not lead to anyone else’s inconvenience.
Have a safe and happy puja!