Let's Celebrate Diwali 2021 As A Festival Of Kindness

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the major festivals celebrated in India. The word Diwali is derived from Sanskrit, which means row of lights. 

Earthen oil lamps or Diyas, candles, string lights, flowers, colorful rangoli, homes filled with the delightful smell of sweets and chocolates, embrace and laughter of loved ones, slight chilliness in the air as winter is close, and of course, fireworks. These are the things that come to mind when trying to explain how we celebrate Diwali in India. It is an auspicious festival that reminds people about togetherness, love, family, home, friends, and childhood memories. 

Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs, and some Buddhists all over the world celebrate Diwali. As one of the most popular festivals, Diwali symbolizes triumph over darkness, evil, and ignorance. It celebrates light, goodness, and knowledge. The origin story for celebrating Diwali and the idols to whom we pray are different for different religions and regions. It has become one of the most culturally rich and exuberant festivals ever, as people from every religion and culture in India take part in this festival.

Every year we celebrate Diwali with joy, happiness, and anticipation of new things. We start the day of celebration with new clothes, a clean home, decorations, and a puja. Then as the day progresses, we enjoy huge feasts with family members and friends. Later, we exchange gifts and meet more loved ones, ending the day with fireworks. This festival not only lights up the sky that night but also everyone's mood.

A new kind of Diwali

Let's try to make this year's Diwali a bit different by implementing a few new things. We can also do many other things differently. Being intentional about our choices and how they might affect our surroundings, environment, animals, and other people is the first step. If we start just by asking questions and try to make small changes, the repercussions it creates can be greater than what we expect.

This Diwali, let us be more conscious and responsible for our choices and be proactive about implementing them. It is necessary to be mindful, choose eco-friendly things, and celebrate more ethically and responsibly. 

How to Make Diwali the Festival of Kindness

By caring about the well-being of animals, others, and ourselves, we can make beneficial changes and bring more significance to the festival. There are many ways to be kind, generous, thoughtful, caring, and giving. These changes can not only make Diwali an environmentally friendly festival but also adds more meaning and satisfaction.

Here are a few ways to do things that can help make Diwali a festival of kindness.

Selecting food mindfully

Food is a big part of any festival, especially Diwali. We consume a lot of food, particularly sweets and snacks, because of the festivities. But we forget how food impacts everything. A lot of festival food is made of unhealthy ingredients that are high in fat and sugar. These things are also detrimental to the environment as they are sourced unethically. Try to make informed decisions and be more mindful about what we eat, where those ingredients are coming from, and how they get made.  

For example, choose healthy snacks like Natural ragi crackers or Natural roasted banana chips, or many other varieties of crackers instead of deep-fried chips. Try sweets made from natural ingredients like honey, organic sugar, or jaggery. These are much more sustainable for us and the environment.

Shopping responsibly and ethically made clothing

During festive seasons, we tend to buy new clothes and dress up for the occasion. Festive clothes are a huge part of Diwali celebrations. The clothing industry is one of the highest polluting industries and has a horrible impact on the environment. So, try to be more conscious of what is involved in the making of clothes. This kind of information enables us to choose things that are eco-friendly, ethically sourced, and free of harmful chemicals. It makes a huge impact and also prevents us from buying unnecessary things.

Also, try to choose clothing that is sustainable and has natural fibers. This promotes and encourages fair trade. These same things apply while shopping for shoes. Shoes can also be made using the same kind of principles of sustainability and being eco-friendly.

Gifts and Gratitude

Gifts are a big part of Diwali, unlike other Indian festivals. Most people tend to buy gifts without any conscious effort on their impact. Sweets are among the highly gifted things during the festival. Instead, try to buy healthy sweets that are made with good and healthy ingredients that are environmentally friendly. Dry fruits and nuts will also make excellent gifts instead of sweets, and they can be part of a nicely curated gift basket.

For other gifts, think of things that are made locally and support communities and women, like sustainable beauty products. Try to include items made with ethically sourced materials. Little effort into these things will not only make you feel good and also empower others. 

There are many things in the market that are hand-made, and buying them promotes the livelihood of entire communities and small businesses. They also promote fair trade. Being more conscientious about these things helps us to make decisions on where to spend our money. 

Bottom line

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India that can be celebrated for 10 days. During these many days of festivities, we all want to be joyful, have fun, enjoy, and make the most of it. 

Make this year's Diwali a unique one that not only spreads joy and happiness but also enhances our values. We need to be responsible for our choices and their effects. 

Transform Diwali into a more eco-friendly festival by not using any fireworks. Make choices that are better for everyone. Let's try and focus more on a spiritual connection with ourselves that will enable us to be more responsible and accountable.