Diwali is a festival of lights that is one of the most popular festivals of India. the festival symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated.
Diwali is not only a festival to burn candles, burst firecrackers, eat sweets, meet and offer gifts to loved ones but it’s also a festival to declutter your life. During this festival, every year thousands of Indians take this time to give their homes a makeover.
We can make this beautiful festival more meaningful by helping someone, by bringing smile on someone’s face and by helping someone to make there Diwali bright.
But we often prefer to make this festival by encouraging the mass pollution. By hurting birds, animals and the old people around us by creating unnecessary noise.
Even after knowing all the ill effects, why are we still trapped in the same old definition of Diwali that it is just a festival of lights, crackers, sweets, togetherness, family & friend
We can make this beautiful festival more meaningful by helping someone, by bringing smile on someone’s face and by helping someone to make there Diwali bright. Let’s celebrate DIWALI WITH A DIFFERENCE:
1. Organise a collection/Donation camp
There are roughly 1.77million people in India who are homeless-the ones who don’t have even the basic necessities to live a life. They are humans just like us, however, with a little less fortune and luck.
We all agree that there are many old/un-used things in our house which we want to discard, but we’ve been delaying it because we don’t know how and where to do it.
It is said that we must give back to the world. And what simpler way could there be than giving away our unwanted things to the needy for whom the same things would be so precious!
Needless to say, Diwali time is perfect for this activity as almost all houses take up deep cleaning during this time of the year!
2. Plant a creeper instead of light string : This year, you can plan to go green! You may plant a creeper instead of the light string, plant a sapling instead of diya, plant more trees in your society instead of bursting crackers, and the options are endless.
3. Switch to healthy food
Instead of eating Diwali sweets & savouries, switching over to healthy delicacies wouldn’t be a bad idea. Solid mind and a healthy body was always a great combination and it was a self contribution for everyone to there ownselves.
4. Save pets and birds : While we, humans, enjoy the festival of lights, there’s another part of our society which lives in fear and anxiety during this same festival. Our celebrations cause great trauma, harm and damage to the pets and stray animals & birds living in the vicinity (sometimes leading to death)! This isn’t fair!
This year, do spare a thought for the animals and the birds that are as much a part of this society as we are. Create awareness among the people around you. Treat your pet with utmost care during the festival. Pamper them with their favourite food & accessories. Play music at home to offset the outside noise and to soothe your pet.
5. Arrange family get-togethers/ parties
It’s time to revive the old traditions. Instead of wishing everyone on social media, wishing family and friends in person is way more gratifying & contentful. It gives a more personal touch to the festivities and creates stronger bond and memories for lifetime.
6. Visit an orphanage or oldage home
Meeting someone who is hungry for love is an effort worth making.
The innocent smiles on the kids or the elderly people will not just illuminate their day, but will also bring in peace and tranquility in your mind. Also, what goes around, comes around. If you do good, good will happen to you!
There could be more innovative ways of celebrating Diwali, but these are a few ways I could think
Let’s understand and implement the true meaning of Diwali.
Let’s spread true light.
Let’s spread true festive vibes.