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Diwali is that time of year wherein Indian families get together in glam and glitz. Irrespective of distinction on caste, creed, or religion, this is a festive occasion that is rejoiced by the nation on the whole. We also have NRI families residing in the US, Canada, or Australia who celebrate Diwali in a lavish manner.
Families get together. You wear new clothes, burst crackers, and finally, distribute sweet boxes and gifts to near or dear ones. But you must also understand one thing here. Behind the whole gala of events, spread over 2-3 days in a row, the potential damage is done to the environment including causing harm to earthlings who also share the planet with us. Let us discover 10 creative ways to celebrate Diwali 2022 without harming the planet.
You can light up earthen lamps made from mud or ceramic clay. Ditch the serial lights made from a glittery form of plastic. Also, serial lights consume electricity and power is a non-renewable resource. By lighting traditional diyas, you can beautify your living areas and even verandahs in an enigmatic style. You get traditional diyas in a variety of shades, designs, shapes, and sizes.
Instead of using artificial colors or oil pastels to beautify your rangoli designs, you can add a bling to too using natural ingredients. You can re-create flower rangolis. You can use an assortment of marigolds, roses, dried orchards, lilies, and daffodils. You can cover the insides of your rangoli using natural ingredients like Haldi or Kesar powder.
However, hard it is to resist, you can say no to crackers if you truly care about the environment you live in. Millions of stray dogs and cats shiver when you use those loud bombs. You can therefore fuse the louder crackers at least. You can use sparklers, flower pots, Zameen chakkers, and green crackers instead of going in with a regular lot of crackers.
You can avail plenty of mithai dabbas that are plant-based. You can avail a rich assortment of sweets made from date syrups, soy milk, and almonds. These sweets are not greasy or calorie dense like the regular dairy versions. Plant-based sweets also do not cause stomach pains or health disorders post-Diwali.
You can now put old cardboard boxes to good use. You can get creative with gift wrapping rather than going in with plastic wrappers. Acrylic paints can be added to the fabric to add bling or too. You can also create attractive gift wrappers using paper mesh. The sky is the limit when you decide to take things the natural way.
You can ditch your dinner places this Diwali. Plant-based eating comes to you with a variety of health benefits too. Serve food using plantain or banana leaves. A variety of dishes like paysams or vegan yogurts can be served in banana leaf cups. This way, you don’t have to rinse plates and utensils. How do you think you are helping the environment you stay in? Well, you are able to conserve liters of water. You can use eco-friendly spoons or cutlery made from wood or bamboo as against plastic.
In case you see injured pups or kittens due to firecracker injuries, keep ‘Blue Cross’ or Animal Welfare organizations informed on the same. You may not have the wherewithal to tend to injured animals, but pet rescue organizations can do that for you with ease.
You can use glass bottles to plant seeds or seedlings to your heart’s content. This way, you can get rid of those routine candle sets stationed on your curios. You can plant green and chamomile tea bags inside a ceramic mug. Or, you can create incense sticks using natural floral fragrances. Plants add cheer and positivity to the spaces you live in.
Rather than shopping in a store or a mall, you can frequent your visits to the local handicraft stores. You can get yourself unique varieties of hanging lamps, wind chimes, and exquisitely designed home decor pieces quite effortlessly. You can avail mud or terracotta hang lamps to beautify your homes or living spaces, after all. This way, you buy eco-friendly home decor pieces and support the poorer sections of society., the local artisans who create these pieces with families to support.
You can donate old pieces of jewelry or electrical equipment to those who are in need of them. Unused laptops, mobile phones, or tube lights can be donated to orphanage homes or NGO centers that are in need of them. You can donate old shoes and clothes to poor or underprivileged children that dwell in slums around your neighborhood. This way, you add value and purpose to the event you wish to celebrate.
Not just as Vegans but also as responsible citizens, every one of us is obliged to care for the environment we live in. Wishing each and every one of you a very happy and prosperous Diwali 2022. Let the fest of lights bring health, wealth, and prosperity to each one of us.
Ideas inspired by: 10 Ways To Celebrate Diwali With A Difference (veganfirst.com)
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