Diwali : Dull without crackers ?
Diwali, “festival of lights”. The most celebrated festival in India. Has the new order from Supreme Court dulled the festival ? What’s the role of crackers?
Diwali is celebrated across the country for variety of reasons. Diwali symbolises various things across the country. Diwali is the day when Ram, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman reached Ayodhya after defeating the evil Ravana. In some places, it is associated with goddess of property and wealth, Lakshmi, wife of Vishnu. In South India, it symbolises the day lord Krishna came and destroyed Narakasura.
Regardless of the various reasons for which the festival is celebrated across the country, Diwali symbolises victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. It is the day all the people in the country get together and celebrate with joy by bursting crackers and exchanging sweets with neighbours and relatives.
With various traditions followed among various cultures, one thing remains common. Bursting crackers. And that cracker has been the centre of attraction for a few years. Crackers are the cause for pollution on the day of Diwali. The air gets so polluted, the average live span of a person gets reduced by a day or so they say. Regardless of the facts that Fireworks in a million dollar industry in South India employing thousands of people, there is some thing that has to be considered.
When I was a child, I loved bursting crackers. I do love to burst them till date. I know the factors about pollution, but I love to burst them. Why ? Its something beyond words. Remember the face a child makes when someone gives him a chocolate ? It’s something like that. Regardless of all the tension and stress one has, fireworks brings happiness into everyone’s face. A belief when seeing the light that their life after that would be just as bright as the fireworks. One just don’t burst crackers for fun. Without their knowledge people get relief from all their stress for a day and indirectly gains confidence that they can do whatever they want in their life.
Is the time limit on crackers ok ? As far as I am concerned, it’s something that need not have to be controlled. There are various factors that account for pollution in cities including factories and vehicles that produce pollution year round. As far as crackers, it’s just a day. For me controlling pollution year round is far more important than controlling pollution from crackers that brings joy to so many people.