Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Deepawali!

Deepawali is usually celebrated early in the morning all over Tamil Nadu.
Getting up early in the morning, before sunrise having the traditional oil bath, wearing new clothes, lighting up lamps all over the house, bursting of crackers, and eating all the homemade / store bought sweets and savories, wishing all friends and relatives, and generally having a good time....
However, with time we have changed, and now it is mostly celebrated in a very simple way. In fact no bursting of crackers too, for more and more people are realising the harmful effects of bursting crackers.

But have people really changed for the better, no, not everyone, in fact, there are still many people who still buy the most dangerous, poison filled crackers, which after bursting leaves poisonous smoke which gives rise to allergies, asthma, and all kinds of breathing problem. Not only that, those who keep buying crackers don't realise the amount of stress and hardship it causes to elderly, sick people, the dogs and other animals.

They are also encouraging illegal child labour, for more and more children would be lured to work for some money and giving up their education and suffer, sitting in dark dingy rooms rolling out dangerous crackers, breathing poison every second they spend their time there. Many become victims of unexpected accidents, because of badly maintained/ managed conditions

Have we really become immune to such atrocities, why do we do such things?

Not only do people burst crackers during festivals , they also burst them if their favorite team wins some stupid match.

Deepawali is a festival of light, it is meant to enlighten people, not to bring darkness in this world. Can't we think of people who have lost their eyesight due to crackers, is this what Deepawali teaches us?

Why can't we just light some lamps and be done with it?

Why do we have to lean on rituals and traditions, which no longer make any sense to any body?

Why do we eat heavy sweets and fat filled savouries and allow ourselves to fall sick?

Do we have answers for these questions?

Can we resolve to do away with rituals which do not match with the times we are living in?

Let us follow the traditions that do not harm anybody.

Instead of bursting crackers, let us buy some useful things for the needy.

Let us not pollute the already polluted world.

Let there be real light in this world: Happy Deepawali !


  1. Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

  2. Beautifully written and the emphasis on the harmful effects of fireworks have been brought out forcefully.I liked the way the lamps that decorate your wonderful home.I am not against sweets where children are there in the family and even elders with sweet tooth sans diabetes.
    I hope you had a fun filled Deepavali.

  3. Excellent post Rama,i am glad i followed your blog.You have said all that i too feel.Except one thing--i will eat all the sweets i can lay my hands on-hahaha.
    Happy Diwali to you all.

  4. I can understand .. But I am not going to lie or say otherwise I love fireworks although last time I did buy some that were not bad for environment.. This year I am not celebrating diwali.

    Happy Diwali to you and family and Everyone around you .


  5. your first para gave me glimpse of my childhood eid celebrations dear,and yes i agree that we should not celebrate our festivals by causing harm for others ,happy divali to you and family ,god bless

  6. I find your words very considerate, Rama. You are so right! We have to change, to adapt to the new world we live in.

    Your photos here are great. Love them!

    Is it too late now to say "Happy Deepawali !" ?

    Wishing you all the best,
    Traveling Hawk

  7. I resonate with your giod will thoughts Rama, loved your Diwali decorations. Spent the day in Istanbul.

  8. Sorry for the spelling mistake Rama😀

  9. Very well written post, Rama! The emphasis on stopping bursting of crackers must reach the concerned people. Chinese made crackers esp. are more harmful than Sivakasi made crackers. We have stopped buying crackers for a long time now. We still make sweets at home and light diyas. I make sweets at home and mostly distribute instead of eating them at home! But I definitely make it!

    Enjoyed reading your beautiful post, Rama!

  10. beautiful photos
    belated happy diwali

  11. Your thoughts are definitely worthy of thought and consideration. All over the world, humanity has lost the significance of the holidays we celebrate because businesses promote accessories which they insist are a MUST for celebrating. Or businesses create holidays so that they can sell more things and make money. Mother's Day was created to help businesses. Thanksgiving was moved back a week so that businesses could make more Christmas money.

    People need to start thinking for themselves and honoring the true meaning of holidays.

  12. Lovely Rangoli. Well captured in low light.

  13. Happy New Year, Rama, to you and your family!