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Celebrate eco-friendly Dussehra to protect the environment

Whether you are looking forward to India's renowned 9-day Navratri festival, or have a genuine love for the Hindu deities and lore of ancient India, there is one thing common to all Dussehra celebrations – burning Ravana effigies.

Navratri is a nine-day festival that signifies the victory of good over evil by burning the effigies of Ravana while simultaneously releasing toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. Burning the effigies releases harmful gasses and poses a danger to humans as well as aquatic life. So, would it be great to enjoy this divine celebration while taking care of our nature?

In this Ramesh Chaurasia news, we'll be talking about some ideas that we can incorporate into our celebrations so that everyone can enjoy an eco-friendly Dussehra this year!

Use Eco-Friendly Idols

Make this Durga Puja a responsible celebration by avoiding materials that pollute water or can be added to those landfills. Idols made of plaster of Paris and plastic are unsafe when they're submerged in our water bodies: some of these materials can take years to dissolve. Use eco-friendly clay idols which dissolve easily in water, and wouldn't pose much harm to its residing aquatic life. So, take it upon yourself to make a safe Navaratri plan by choosing eco-friendly idols for puja this year.

Avoid Firecrackers

During this grand celebration, most of you might be eager to burst some crackers for fun! And, we understand the emotion behind them. However, this year let's try to tone it down a bit and use a firecracker which wouldn't produce that much noise!

You might already be aware of harmful and toxic gasses released from burning crackers, and some of them even have a chance to burst your eardrum and cause hearing loss: if somehow they come in close proximity to your ears. Apart from that, it's even said that firecrackers increase the chances of fatal heart attacks and strokes among the elderly. So, choose your actions wisely.

Use Organic Colours or Paints

We'll love to enjoy the beauty of those idols painted with vibrant and attractive colors. But, are the paints you're using really safe? These days most of the idols are painted using non-biodegradable chemical paints and dyes which might have some adverse effect on our soil or our surrounding water bodies.

Instead, always go for natural colors to paint idols. Bio-paints are generally made with eco-friendly products derived from extracts of flowers, metals, minerals, and other natural resources. It also means they won't have any adverse effects on our environment.

Use Energy Saving Lightings

It is hard to resist the temptation of lighting up the streets with colorful lights while celebrating the festival of lights. But if you could use CFL bulbs or energy-saving electrical products or try to use candles or diyas instead of electric lights; even our mother nature can join us in our celebrations. It's always better to avoid those decorative lights that use a ton of electricity which might even cost you a hefty bill. Therefore, this year lets all light up your Dussehra in a safe, green, and cost-effective way!

Use Flowers & Plants for Decoration

Dussehra is not only about burning Ravan. The festival is a great opportunity to make your home festive-ready. You can even create aesthetically appealing flower decorations for Dussehra to make your home seem alluring.

Eco-friendly flower decoration has slowly gained importance over the years, so spruce up your home with attractive decorations. Make your home festive-ready with the display of eco-friendly Idols and environment-friendly décor elements. Apart from that, you can also use traditional lamps made of earthen clay, and potted plants to give your living space a green festive vibe!

Final Thoughts

In this Ramesh Chaurasia news, we've tried to bring some light to the ill effects of Dussehra on our environment. Dussehra is certainly a festival that can be celebrated in a more eco-friendly manner. Every little effort counts towards saving our planet.

As we'll know, the festival of Dussehra is celebrated all over India with great pomp and show. Sadly, what people often lose sight of is the impact this festival has on the environment. From the harmful effects of toxic chemicals in the water to air pollution caused by the burning of Ravana idols, these actions must stop.

To conclude, let me quote Mahatma Gandhi, 'Earth has enough resources to meet people's needs, but will never have enough to satisfy people's greed'. So, let's work on developing the human side and make the celebration of festivals greener, cleaner and healthier!

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_____________________________________________________________________________ Author- Ramesh Chaurasia A superior and highly experienced entrepreneur in the field of business for quite a long time now. Also, a philanthropist, author, and public speaker who believes in working towards the overall well-being and betterment of society as a whole.

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