Diwali is the festival of brilliance and joy. It is celebrated as the victory of light over dark and good over evil and therefore since time immemorial we have been celebrating the festival by illuminating our homes and entire neighborhood with lights, candles and by bursting fire crackers. But with the increasing level of pollution and global warming, we cannot keep harming the ecological balance in this way. The festival is the symbol of peace, prosperity and grace, so what we need is a Diwali, promising more prosperous days ahead full of good health and good environment, for which we need a “Green Diwali”.
One of the most integral part of the festival is the gift exchanging ritual, through which we share our love with our loved ones and convey our wishes to them. Sweets, crackers and artificial means of decoration have been considered as the most popular Diwali gifts so far, but we need to change this trend and start using organic and harmless objects in our Diwali celebrations so that we can contribute in the development of our Green World and help promoting a Green Diwali.
The best gift ideas to help you present to your family and friends for a Green Diwali are:
Rather than using and gifting scented and stylish candles, which on burning produce harmful chemicals, effecting the environment, you can gift the raw earthen diyas, freshly made out of the natural clay and thereby not emitting any deadly paraffin or plastic smoke on burning. The lights of the diyas is as beautiful and bright as of the candles , but many degrees healthier too. So gift the beautifully decorated , painted and artistically created diyas to you friends and family and celebrate a Green Diwali this year.
Home made Sweets
From past many years , around the season of Diwali we have been hearing a lot of adulteration complaints, in the food items and sweets making ingredients. This is not only harming the natural substances and their quality but also harming our own healths, so go for a healthier festival and make all the sweets at home. Use natural products like milk, butter, sugar , besan flour, coconut, dry fruits and cheese. Make unadulterated and nutritious sweets and gift them to your family and friends.
Eaten as a very healthy and nutritious Diwali delicacy, various packages of dry fruits, which are natural products can be given as Diwali gifts. Almond, cashew nuts, raisins, apricots and pistachio nuts, a box full of these nuts, does not only promise a Green Diwali but also a healthy body in future to you and that too along with the spirit of the festival.
Eco Friendly Crackers
If a Diwali without cracker bursting do not sound very interesting to you, then don’t worry, because in respect to the Green and healthy Diwali, many cracker companies have stopped making harmful crackers and in lieu of them they have come up with harmless Eco friendly crackers, which are made of recycled paper and do not create any pollution. In place of harmful chemicals and ear deafening sounds, they produce colorful paper fluffers and emit brilliant light patterns of harmless substances. So say no to the booming and maddening crackers and gift these new age Eco friendly but equally entertaining crackers this Diwali.
Eco Friendly Decorations
Decorations make an important aspect of the festival of lights, and thereby demanding equal attention from us in the name of using harmless substances to decorate our houses. You can gift flowers , bouquets, decorated clay pots or bowls to your friends which they can use for decoration. Decoration can be done by filling these pots with water and allowing the light weighted diyas to float on them. You can also help your friends create beautiful rangolis at their entrances, by beautiful and colorful flowers and diyas rather than by harmful colored substances.
As Diwali presents, you can gift a lot of fancy decorative items also, which have no ill bearing on the ecological balance. You can gift art works, paintings, wind chimes, vases, and many other pieces like these. One of the most widely used and traditional gift item during Diwali, which goes totally in accordance with Green Diwali are the silver coins, with engravings of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, the deities worshiped on the auspicious festival.
Clay Artifacts and Idols
One of the best gifts for a Green Diwali would be the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, made of clay and other natural ingredients including natural paints and colors. The artsy potters and statue makers offer huge collection of these art gift items which are absolutely harmless to the environment and are in absolute favor to the Green Diwali
So you are totally in, for promoting a Green Diwali, then what could be a better gift than presenting beautiful plants to your family and friends. Plant more trees and encourage people to do the same, starting this Diwali. You can gift them a small seedling in a pot, or an already matured plant in a beautiful pot, if possible decorated by you, thereby increasing the value of the gift. These plants will not only keep your surroundings fresh and beautiful , infact they will fill you with a sense of responsibility that you have towards your nature.
This Diwali, keep your environment clean and absolutely pollution free. So say no to crackers and harmful smoke emitting decorations, and use or gift Eco friendly objects to your friends , and celebrate the true joy of a Green Diwali.