Our country has three main seasons: Summer, Winter and Rainy.
Well, that’s a lie told so many times that people have started believing it’s true! Only the people living in the country actually know that there’s a fourth, recurring season that occurs more than once a year!
If you haven’t guessed it yet, you are probably enjoying it already – the Festive Season!
It’s the brightest of them all when it’s the Festival of Lights – Diwali.
It’s pretty well known that the country illuminates during Diwali which is generally a 5-day festival. But as culturally varied every corner of our country is, Diwali also has a lot of varieties!
Every region has a legend associated with it but the essence of all is the victory of Good over Evil, symbolized by the lights all around during the darkest, new moon night as per the Hindu calendar.
People offer prayers to a lot of different deities depending on the region but the most common of them are Lakshmi – Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity, Saraswati – Goddess of Music, Literature & Learning and Kubera who symbolizes Treasury and Wealth Management.
Apart from the prayers and sweets and lights, the other most significant aspect of Diwali is fireworks!
The sky illuminates with fireworks all over the country. Indians consume about 5000 crores worth of firecrackers over the Diwali season.
As much as we enjoy fire crackers, there’s a whole lot of reasons to shun crackers this year.
The first and the most basic is,
- They are NOT a part of our culture & tradition
Fireworks have never been a part of the Hindu tradition. Fireworks were first invented in China sometime in the 8th or 9th century following the invention of gunpowder whereas Diwali has been celebrated by Hindus for at least a 1000 years before that. The Hindu way of celebrating is just lamps & lights.
- The earth is not just for humans
Imagine the plight of the poor birds sleeping in their nests or the squirrels up the trees or the animals on the ground who have a much sharper sense of hearing than humans and who have no idea what the hell is wrong with the humans that they start making sudden explosions in the middle of night when there’s no need for it at all! Many animals and birds die out of shock and asphyxiation or accidents due to lack of visibility due to the smoke.
- It’s not even safe for us
No, the pollution caused on the night of Diwali is not the only issue here. The earth’s gravity keeps the atmospheric gases from escaping the earth & it’s the same gravitational pull that keeps the heavier pollutants and particulate matter within the reach of humans and other living beings who keep on inhaling the same for a longer time than just during Diwali. It is hazardous for one and all. If lighting a single matchstick can make us uncomfortable at times, imagine what the smoke from these firecrackers can do.
Moreover, the amount of money that we can instead put to some constructive use instead of burning them is also huge.
It’s better to have a safe and traditional Diwali than a hazardous mutated one.
We at Lock Your Stay urge all our followers to have a very safe Diwali, safe not just for us but also for others who inhabit this planet.
On a departing note, here’s an analogy:
In Satya Yug, the fight was between two worlds: Devalok & Asuralok
In Treta yug, the fight was between rulers from two different countries: Ram from Bharat and Ravana from Lanka.
In Dwapara Yug, the fight was between the good and evil from the same family: Pandavas & Kauravas.
This is Kaliyug. Do you know where the evil is in Kaliyug ? It’s in there, the battle is within us and it’s in our power to make the good victorious.
Don’t burst crackers, instead burst all the evil that exists within you.
Wish you & your family a Happy & Prosperous Diwali.
Stay Happy, Stay Safe.