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How to celebrate cracker free Diwali with your child

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Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is a time for families to come together and revel in the joys of life, marked by vibrant hues, delicious foods, and resplendent lights. For many, it’s also synonymous with the loud burst of firecrackers lighting up the night sky. However, now more families are opting for a cracker-free Diwali. If you’re looking to ensure your child has a memorable and eco-friendly Diwali celebration, we’ve got you covered.

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Celebrating safe Diwali 2023 with your child

Here’s how you can celebrate a cracker-free Diwali with your little one:

1. Light Up with Diyas and Lanterns

Traditionally, Diwali is all about the victory of light over darkness. Rekindle this essence by illuminating your home with oil lamps (diyas) and lanterns. Involve your child in painting and decorating these lamps. Not only is it an eco-friendly alternative to crackers, but it also is a fun activity that fosters creativity.

2. Create Rangoli Together

Rangoli, an exquisite floor art made from coloured powders and flowers, is a hallmark of Diwali. Choose a design and create a rangoli together with your child. It’s a wonderful way to introduce them to this age-old tradition while enhancing their artistic abilities.

3. Eco-friendly Crafts

Use recyclable materials to craft Diwali decorations. Create wall hangings, garlands, or even little figurines using old newspapers, cardboards, and fabrics. This not only serves as a bonding activity but also teaches your child the importance of recycling and reusing.

4. Share Stories of Diwali

Every festival has a tale behind it. Share the legends associated with Diwali, such as the story of Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya. This will give your child a deeper understanding and appreciation for the festival.

5. Cook Up a Storm

Diwali is incomplete without its array of sumptuous treats. Baking or cooking together can be an enjoyable and educational experience for your child. Prepare traditional sweets like ladoos or modern treats. Either way, the kitchen is a great place for both memories and delicacies.

6. Gift Handmade

In the spirit of sustainability, craft homemade gifts with your child for friends and family. It could be anything from painted pots for plants to homemade candles. Such gifts carry a personal touch and are always cherished more.

7. Host a Theme Party

Consider hosting a cracker-free Diwali party with a specific theme. It could be centred around traditional games, story-telling, or a crafts workshop. This can be a fun way to introduce other children to the joys of a cracker-free Diwali.

8. Green Gifting

Instead of gifting materialistic items, consider gifting plants. They are a symbol of life and growth, perfectly aligning with the spirit of the festival. Your child can be involved in choosing, wrapping, and even delivering these green gifts.

9. Musical Evening

Replace the cacophony of crackers with the melodious notes of traditional or contemporary music. You can even organise a small karaoke night, where your child can sing along to their favourite tunes, creating a magical Diwali evening.

10. Community Service

Use this Diwali as an opportunity to teach your child about giving back. Visit an orphanage or an old age home and share the festive joy. You could also participate in community clean-up drives post-Diwali.

11. Educate and Reflect

Use this time to teach your child about the environmental impact of firecrackers. Discuss the effects of noise and air pollution. It’s a good lesson in responsibility and being conscious of one’s actions on the larger community.

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Importance of cracker-free Diwali

Over the years, the bursting of firecrackers during Diwali has become a significant part of the festivities. While the shimmering lights and loud noises can be entertaining, there’s a growing emphasis on celebrating a cracker-free Diwali. Here’s why:

1. Environmental Health

Air Pollution: Firеcrackеrs rеlеasе harmful pollutants such as sulphur dioxidе,  carbon dioxidе,  carbon monoxidе,  and particulatе mattеr.  Thеsе pollutants can lingеr in thе atmosphеrе for days,  contributing to smog and dеtеriorating air quality. 

Noise Pollution: Thе loud bangs from firеcrackеrs can lеad to noisе pollution,  which is harmful not just for humans but also for animals and birds.  It can lеad to strеss,  hypеrtеnsion,  slееp disturbancеs,  and еvеn pеrmanеnt hеaring loss in sеvеrе casеs. 

2. Public Health Concerns

Respiratory Issues: The pollutants from firecrackers can exacerbate respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, and other chronic respiratory diseases.

Allergies and Skin Problems: The chemicals released can also lead to skin allergies and eye irritations, especially among those with sensitive skin.

Accidents and Injuries: Every year, there are reports of accidents related to firecrackers, leading to burns, loss of eyesight, and sometimes even more grievous injuries.

3. Animal Welfare

Trauma for Animals: The loud noises from firecrackers are distressing for animals. They have a heightened sense of hearing, and the loud bangs can lead to severe anxiety and trauma. Every year, numerous stray animals are injured due to firecracker explosions.

Disturbance to Birds: The noise and light from firecrackers can disrupt the natural behaviour of birds, leading to disorientation and sometimes even death.

4. Waste Management

Non-biodegradable Waste: Firecrackers leave behind a significant amount of waste, including plastic wrappers, spent casings, and other debris. Most of this waste is non-biodegradable and adds to the mounting garbage problem in many cities.

5. Economic Aspects

Wasteful Expenditure: A substantial amount of money is spent on firecrackers, which is essentially money going up in smoke. These funds could be redirected to more constructive avenues, such as charity, education, or other forms of celebration.

6. Promoting the Essence of Diwali

Return to Roots: A cracker-free Diwali allows individuals to focus on the core values and traditions of the festival – spending time with family, sharing meals, lighting diyas (lamps), and reflecting on the deeper spiritual meanings of the festival.

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A cracker-free Diwali doesn’t mean a joy-less one. In fact, by integrating thoughtful activities, the essence of the festival is heightened, and the celebrations become more meaningful. There’s no better way to celebrate it than by creating lasting memories with your little one, all while keeping our beautiful planet in mind. We at EuroSchool wish everyone a very happy Diwali.

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