Diwali, the festival of lights, is the occasion associated with sweets and liveliness. As the festival is celebrated on Amavasya (new- moon night), lights play a significant role during this festival. Multicolored and impressive firecrackers can be seen in the night sky. Diwali appears incomplete without them. But people ruin the authenticity of this festival by indulging in high-decibel crackers and smoke-spewing fireworks. They burst crackers in large extortionate amounts though the crackers are banned in several states in India.
We should celebrate the festival by keeping its authenticity alive and not demeaning it by bursting string of crackers which cause pollution. While celebrating the festival we should not contribute to raising the ambient noise levels to unprecedented levels. Over 620,000 deaths occur nationwide due to air pollution-related diseases each year as pollution is the fifth major cause of deaths in India. So, before bursting crackers in the large amount, one should think about nature and surroundings. One should get concerned about the generation of waste, air pollution, and noise pollution.
An adult should always supervise the use of fireworks by children.
Check the area before igniting fireworks to ensure that all inflammable and combustible materials are removed.
Follow all safety precautions issued with the fireworks.
Ensure that your children don't engage in dangerous pranks such as throwing lighted crackers or sparklers at others, or try to make fireworks themselves.
Never use fireworks inside a vehicle
Never ignite fireworks while holding them. Put them down, then ignite them and walk away.
Wear close-fitting clothes of thick material instead of loose or flowing garments.
Flying fireworks - rockets, missiles, etc. - should always be lighted in open grounds pointing straight up.
Firecrackers, bombs and flowerpots should not be lighted holding them. It is always safer to light them from the side without bending over them.
Keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby to extinguish any incipient fire.
Keep burn ointments handy
Use a candle or an agarbathi to ignite fireworks. They burn without an open flame and provide a greater and safer distance between your hands and the fireworks.
It is said that when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, the people were overjoyed to see him along with Sita and Lakshman. Since it was a no moon night, people lit up candles and diyas along Lord Rama's path.
Once he reached his abode, there was also dazzling display of fireworks which lit up the night sky and left everyone mesmerized. Everybody sang, and danced in celebration and welcomed their king with open arms and hearts. Since then, each year that day came to be celebrated as Diwali, and the Diwali Fireworks became its most conspicuous feature.
Fireworks come in different varieties from the delightfully visual ones to the ear deafening noisy ones.
Tradition says that the illumination of homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity.
Another possible reason and a more scientific one for lighting firecrackers is that the fumes produced by them kill insects and mosquitoes found aplenty after the rains.
Though the dazzling fireworks add to the enthusiasm and fervor of the spirit of Diwali, there also exists a group of anti-cracker campaigners.
Diwali symbolizing the triumph of the good over evil continues to be catholic in spirit and celebrated throughout the country. Firecrackers add to the festivities and as the rows of lamps glow one can hear the crackers go off and see the sparklers being waved by children and adults alike.