Candlelights, earthen lamps, a home filled with a sweet smell of delightful sweets, the warmth of the friends and families, and the chill of the upcoming winter season, that is how we would like to paint a perfect of Diwali celebration in the India 2019. Diwali – is the festival of lights, which is the biggest festival in India, mainly celebrated by the Jains, Hindus, and Sikhs across the globe. Commemorating the victory of the good over evil, it is also an opportunity for people to move on, let go of past grudges, and make merry.

This year, Diwali 2019, in India, will be celebrated on 27th October.

Let this little guide help you understand the significance of the Diwali celebration in India and how Diwali is celebrated in India.

Let this little guide help you understand the significance of the Deepavali celebration in India and how Diwali is celebrated in India.

A five day festival, Diwali is celebrated as a homecoming of Lord Rama with Laxmana and Sita after a long exile of 14 years. Translated literally from the Sanskrit, Diwali means a row of lights; diyas were first lit by the people of Ayodhya to welcome their King Rama, after defeating Ravana. Some people in India also believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of the Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu.

In most of the regions, Lord Ganesha, who is the god of wisdom and auspiciousness, is worshiped on the day of Diwali. Diwali marks the anniversary of Nirvana or the liberation of Mahavira soul in Jainism. In West Bengal, Diwali is celebrated to worship goddess Kali, who is the goddess of Shakti, means energy and power.

Here are ways one can celebrate a greener Diwali this year so that the ecosystem does not suffer in the name of festivities.

  • Decorate Houses with the earthen lamps: Reducing electricity consumption is not only beneficial for one pocket but also for the ecosystem. Decorating the house with the help of an earthen lamp is not only traditional but less harmful to the environment as well.
  • Make Rangolis using flowers and other eco-friendly products: Using the flowers, the rich and flours products are a far better way of decorating homes than using artificial colors. These products are biodegradable and do not harm the environment.
  • Do not burst or use eco-friendly crackers: Those suffering from the respiratory issues really have a difficult time at the time of Diwali due to pollution and smoke, which is caused by firecrackers. Light a bonfire instead of bursting crackers, and if you do burst, the crackers use the eco-friendly ones, like those being launched by the Union Health Minister.
  • Avoid plastic wrappings: Diwali is also a time to give gifts and sweets to each other. In a bid to keep the environment safe, try to avoid the use of plastic wrappings. Make use of newspapers, or one can even make handmade wrapping papers using the colorful papers.
  • Do social work: Instead of buying things you will not use in the long run, adding to the waste outside, do something for the underprivileged, or less fortunate of the society.