Diwali is the festival of lights. It is often celebrated by most Indians all over the globe as a symbol of devotion, joy, love and happiness. The significance of this festival is to spread the love and joy all around by lighting up homes, streets, and showering each other with gifts, sweets and blessings. With new ideologies and changing generational thoughts, Diwali has now become a festival to be better than others; be it in the gifts, glamour, celebration or the lavish parties and admirable décor. It has lost its meaning in terms of keeping the environment clean and moreover keeping one’s own self-clean and healthy.
The most awaited part of Diwali is the most disastrous of all. The firecrackers, the harmful gases it emits creates an atmosphere full of dangerously driven chances of germs, fatal accidents and gases that harm the environment, regardless. There have been many changes to make the outer celebration subtle and inner one more creative, eco-friendly and re-usable. As commendable are these efforts, it takes great effort and consistency in not just keeping the environment clean but also engaging in cleaning one’s own self first. The last day of Diwali is celebrated as Bhai Dooj and this year let it be celebrated as not just a festival of protecting your sisters, but also protecting your sister’s efforts to help keep the environment clean as well as self-efforts of sustaining a clean and healthy environment.
“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” – Marie Kondo
There are numerous reasons as to why Diwali should be celebrated and keeping oneself clean should be of utmost priority. Weeks before Diwali, we follow a different routine of waking up early, clearing the unwanted waste and cleaning the house from time to time in case guests arrive at any moment. Preparations of Diwali start way before time. Houses, offices are lit, people specially shop for all the days of Diwali and the streets are filled with stalls of firecrackers, candles, lanterns, sweets and much more. The whole atmosphere is totally different from our daily routine and gives a sense of elegance and togetherness.
Amidst all the glamour and flamboyancy, how often do we strive to keep ourselves clean and make it a priority?
“The state of our surroundings, tells the conditions of our soul.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
In a world full of transitional thoughts and continuous change, we forget the most important asset that needs utmost care, guidance and nurturing and that’s our own body. A clean mind and soul would bring more joy and happiness than any festival could ever bring. Keeping clean not only gives the message of hygiene but also selflessly creates an environment that makes fit for others to live peacefully and pollution free.
This season let the purpose of Diwali be not just the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Let the purpose vary and direct itself towards cleanliness. Let the purpose of Bhai Dooj be not just the protection of siblings, but the protection of the environment in a way that helps them live safely. There can be no better gift than protecting the environment in which one lives in.
It’s never too late to start over, as long as your consistency speaks louder than your words!