Before I go on with the post, I would like to wish a happy, green, prosperous, safe Deepavali to all my blogger friends, real and virtual, and to all those who are reading this.
As we all know, this 'festival of lights' is all about Good triumphing over the Evil. There are many different theories surrounding this festival, which I am not clear about. Some say that this is the day when Lord Rama returns to Ayodhya and some others say that the Demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna. Nevertheless, whenever Diwali comes to my mind, I remember what we do on this day. We take an oil bath to cool our bodies, wear new clothes, burst crackers 'to ward off evil spirits', have unlimited sweets, watch television, visit relatives and friends and celebrate wonderfully.
This is an auspicious day for businesses and shops. No wonder, there are attractive and un-imaginable discounts and offers on products both online and offline. Everyone is happy on this day. Well, the world is becoming small and developing rapidly.
There are two things that I would like to suggest for people.
1) Green Deepavali:
Probably, the idea may not be liked by some. But, come to think about it, the atmosphere is increasingly becoming polluted with our day to day activities. On this day, people burst crackers. Nothing that people already know. It is the same old global warming issue. Still, they do it. The smoke from the bursting of crackers is potentially harmful to both us and to the earth. It is like spending money to buy ourselves a slow death. In the name of celebrating, we are merely destroying ourselves. Personally, I lost interest for bursting crackers. I am not saying that you should completely avoid it. Deepavali, as the name says it, is about light. Don't burst crackers that produce a lot of noise and pollution. Buy two or three 'seven shots' or 'rockets' and set it off at night. The night sky will be illuminated. I prefer that. You will be saving money, environment and time too! As the particulate matter increases, our life expectancy decreases.
2) Have sweets till you become aware of the 'bursting' point:
Aah, sweets! :D This is one day when you can and you should go ahead and enjoy sweets to your heart's content, without having any second thoughts and dilemmas. There are a lot of diabetics in India, who refrain and tempted at the sight of sweets. That dilemma will torture you. So go ahead and have. One day full of sweets won't increase your sugar level to an expponential level. It can always be brought back to level. But do be aware that of the 'bursting' point. By bursting point, I mean literally.....err.....lets go with.....your 'stomach'. Too much of anything is bad, right? So eat till you become aware of the 'sounds' :P
Again, Have a wonderful and safe Deepavali. Let the festival of lights bring even more light into your life.
P.S: I sketched the above sort of doodle with the note app in my mobile :)