Diwali 2016 is round the corner and we cannot stop containing our excitements. The festival of lights, Diwali has been an integral part of our Indian culture. Its deep-rooted connection with our epic mythology makes the Diwali celebrations a huge deal in India. From writing pretentious essays on the universally favourite topic to unvarying celebrations, Diwali stands out as the biggest festival in the land of fasts and festivals. Associated with goodness, positivity and prosperity, it rightly deserves to be a gala affair. But slowly the age-old message of righteousness seems non-existence and Diwali are more treated as an occasion to display a person’s wealth and social status. Let us take a look at six things which will make you make you ponder whether Diwali is an overrated festival and hype in India. Also Read - Ek Chutki Sindoor? YouTube Channel Slammed For Adding 'Sindoor' to Anushka Sharma's Diwali Pictures, Twitter Asks Why
1. Cleanliness followed by filth all around Also Read - New Zealand Cops Dance to ‘Kala Chashma’ & 'Kar Gayi Chull' on Diwali, Set Twitter on Fire | Watch
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Weeks before Diwali, we become a cleanliness freak. From getting our house painted to getting new interior designs, we love to shell out money to the best of our capabilities. And on the Diwali night, with the same enthusiasm we overspend on bursting firecrackers without bothering about the filth it leaves behind. Diwali would probably be the best example to highlight this contradictory irony of every Indian household.
2. Goods and Gift…Materialism at its best
From getting new furniture to kitchen appliances to expensive gadgets, we just have to buy it all. And thanks to luring online festivals which claim to sell you at ‘affordable’ price, the greed continues to remain unsatiated. Diwali is also known to be a gifting festival, where everyone engages in giving and receiving and finally comparing each other’s gifts. Diwali brings our materialistic mindset to the surface.
3. Pollution contributors
The rational conversation on how Diwali causes pollution – be it air, water or noise can quickly escalate to being a national debate. But we cannot deny the fact that firecrackers burst during Diwali releases harmful pollutants which lead to chronic breathing problems. The high-decibel crackers trouble (read: scare) newborns, toddlers, older adults, pets, people suffering from illness. Nowhere in the ancient transcripts is mentioned that crackers were burst. Still, we love to engage in such futile action over the years.
4. Over-spending on shopping, food and just about everything
Even if we do not buy heavy items like electronics or furniture, we cannot resist spending money on – clothes and food. Despite the cupboards filled with new pairs which you have not worn and probably will never wear in your lifetime, one just has to buy more new clothes. Same goes with the food. First, feed your gluttony then spend next few months losing it. Such a vicious cycle!
5. Societal Pressures
There are underlying rules of celebrating Diwali. Irrespective of your condition be it financial, physical or mental, one has to abide by the traditions and rituals. Diwali is associated with lavish celebrations, and if you fail to meet the expectations, it is taken as a mark of disrespect. If you have not thrown a moving Diwali party, you have failed as a host. Such societal pressures snatch away the real joy of celebrating Diwali.
6. We do not manage to light someone else’s life
Diwali is called the Festival of Light, and it is not just related to the glimmering lights used for decoration. A true meaning behind Diwali being the Festival of Lights is lightening someone less fortunate’s life. But how rarely is that done? Apart from donating your old, used clothes or utensils and giving extra food, does one care about the poor section of society? Have we ever thought what goes in their mind when you are turning rupees into ashes while they struggle to provide for themselves?
This Diwali 2016 let us try and spread the real message of Festival of Lights across. It is okay not to spend on new clothes or eat till our belly bursts. It is also fine not to overindulge in decorating every leaf in your house with lights. What remains important is that we could use the same amount to better our future or change anyone’s present. Have a happy and prosperous Diwali.