There are hundreds of festivals celebrated in the Indian sub-continent. Each festival has its own charm. However, sometimes we go overboard in our celebrations causing massive damage to the environment.
Deepawali is coming. Thousands of fire-crackers will be burst in almost all Indian major cities causing the pollution levels to go higher and higher. Even though the governments across the states had cautioned people against bursting crackers beyond a certain level but people dodge government orders and continued to have their way.
Bursting crackers loudly cause massive damage to the air quality, increases noise pollution, which is not good for ailing people, babies, birds and other animals.
This time round every eye will be on Delhi. The capital city which is notorious for the no holds bar Deepawali celebrations. The air quality on usual days in Delhi is so bad that it felt like a smoking room.
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The role of a festival should be to connect to the poor and marginalized sections of the society, give them alms and help them get over their misery. We have forgotten the true message of all religious festivals-to empathise with the marginalized.
While this Deepawali is coming. Let us pledge not to add to environmental pollution during such festivals. The governments across the states should ensure that environment is taken care of when we celebrate our celebrations.