Holi being a social celebration is not limited to one home, so in order to convert it into an environment friendly festival, contribution is required from every family of the society. The dream of an ecofriendly and non- hazardous Holi can be true only when every individual who participates in the festival, do maximum efforts from his side not to hamper the environment in any way. For this, mass level awareness of people regarding an environment friendly celebrations is required. People need to understand that if some little changes in the celebration pattern can bring worth results for the environment, how they can then shift towards the change in the social sector.
Eco Friendly Holi Tips
Judicious Use of Water
In a situation when most of the Indian cities are facing acute water scarcity, it is obviously a matter of concern that the precious commodity like water is being wasted in such a manner during the Holi celebrations. On the day of Holi, people out of enthusiasm and fun douse each other with buckets of water and children throw water balloons at each other, thus the water that could have used for next few weeks is finished in day creating more differences in the demand and supply of water. Though, if we just people to celebrate a dry Holi only with Gulal, it would seem an alien concept to most of the people. Though this celebration would have been ideal but as most of the people would not agree to it, the judicious use of water on the day is one thing that must be kept in concern if you wish to celebrate an ecofriendly Holi.
Avoid Using Chemical Colors
Earlier the Holi colors were prepared from the flowers of trees like Indian Coral Tree (parijat) and the Flame of the Forest (Kesu). However, with the arrival of dry chemical colors, people stopped taking pains of extracting the flowers colors and with time the use of chemical and aluminum paints increased during the celebrations. These chemical dyes not only prove extremely dangerous to oneâ€™s skin but are also hazardous for environment as lots of pollution is caused during its preparation as well as after their mergence with water cycle.
Eco Friendly Bonfire
The burning of fuel wood in order to perform the Holi Bonfire or the Holika Dahan presents is another factor related to Holi that raises a factor of concern. Umpteen useful fuel wood is wasted during this ritual, this not only leads to the cutting of trees but also unnecessary pollution in return. Instead of wooden logs, it would be ideal if people use this Holika Dahan for burning their waste material.
From India, Ahmadabad
People have to change with time.
Water is scarce,See situation in Latur Maharastra where people wait for weeks to get water.
Trees are a disappearing species in India.
We need to avoid cutting or destroying trees for burning which only adds to pollution.
Chemical colours do more harm to our bodies.
All in all people need to change with time.
Mode of celebrations need to be modulated along with changing environmental parameters.
From India, Pune
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