Lights, sweets, firecrackers — what’s not to love about such a celebration?
Okay, maybe not quite so many fireworks, per NPR:
… Once illuminated with clay lamps, the festival of lights has morphed into a festival of sound and fury.
It’s estimated some 50,000 tons of fireworks are exploded during Diwali, which marks the homecoming of the Hindu god Lord Ram from exile. But a public health alarm was sounded in Delhi after Diwali last year, when a toxic haze blanketed the city for days.
Delhi’s air quality is extremely poor: A 2015 study found that half of the city’s 4.4 million schoolchildren have diminished lung capacity.
To control the escalating pollution, the Supreme Court banned the sale of fireworks during this year’s Diwali. (The use of fireworks, though, was not banned.) The ban on sales extends until Nov. 1 to allow the court to fully monitor its impact in the wake of the festival…
Merchant Praveen Kumar complains that his livelihood is going up in smoke.
“It’s 100 percent correct that we are adding to pollution. But the government says it’s only three percent of the total — the other 97 percent isn’t addressed,” he says. “Besides, what do we tell the kids on Diwali: ‘Go pray, eat your food and go to bed?’ How will they enjoy that?”…
Given enough sweets, I think the kids’ll make their own fun. One way or another, folks will find a way:
Apart from remembering to light some lights, what’s on the agenda for the day?