Now that the festival of light, Diwali, is over, it is time for us to leave sweets, the lightings and the crackers behind and get back to our old boring lives. The day of Diwali was so much fun. We got up, got dressed in new attire, burst crackers, ate delicious food, and what not. People of all age groups are fascinated with firecrackers, which form a prominent part of the Diwali celebrations. But somewhere along the line, we have forgotten that Diwali is a festival of light, and instead turned it into a festival of pollution and firecrackers.

         While we were enjoying Diwali, no one was bothered about its aftermath. Air pollution across the country goes alarmingly high during Diwali. Somehow, educated people forget that bursting crackers not only causes noise pollution, but also air pollution. In the capital, people woke up the morning after Diwali only to see the smog with visibility up to 200 meters. These firecrackers are made by underage and underprivileged children who do this dangerous job for a square meal.

Bursting crackers not only affects infants and senior citizens, but it can also affect all those in between these two ends. During this time of the year, people with lung and respiratory problems are at an increased risk of health complications.

            Noise pollution is just as dangerous as air pollution. Noisy crackers don’t just affect humans, they also affect pets. Animals have sensitive ears and often end up losing their hearing ability, temporarily or permanently, because of these crackers. Bursting crackers also cause Global warming which indirectly has an adverse effect on us.

            Another thing that causes a problem after Diwali is the garbage lying around. Crackers are made from various chemicals like Sulfur Dioxide, Cadmium, Lead, etc. This garbage is essentially chemical waste and can affect people’s lives that live near to the garbage. If the crackers are not kept properly small children might play with them and eat with the same hands. Sulfur dioxide can cause shortness of breath, Cadmium can cause damage to kidney and Lead can affect the nervous system.

            Diwali is also the time when a lot of workshops or houses fall prey to fire because of crackers. Many people end up with serious injuries, or worst death. It is important for people to understand that bursting crackers is not trendy anymore. It does more harm than good. The government of India has banned crackers between 10 pm and 6 am during Diwali.

            Now we don’t mean to say you shouldn’t be celebrating Diwali. But Diwali is not all about bursting crackers. There are various other ways you could celebrate Diwali which include family night, fun games, and something that doesn’t cause pollution.

            One of the ways you could celebrate Diwali is by gifting to the ungifted. Crackers cost a lot of money and bursting crackers is like burning money, so instead the same money can be used for gifting to the needy people. We need to remember that not everyone is as gifted or as lucky as we are.  The children who make these firecrackers have no idea how harmful the chemicals used in the making of firecrackers can be. So tell us how you will be celebrating your Diwali next year?