Holi… with a difference

Indians are fond of festivals, each and every festival is celebrated in India with full enthusiasm. But, does the way of celebrating requires any change?

The answer to this question is “Yes!”. The way we celebrate our festivals has a negative impact on our environment and resources and thus slighty modifying the method of celebration doesn’t mean that we are going against our cultural values.

And yes, there are people who care for thier environment and are aware of thier related responsibilities.

Mr. Dharmesh Brahmbhatt, an insurance official residing on S G Highway,Ahemdabad, has decided he will not buy firewood to light the Holi fires. “My mother has decided that the fire will be lighted using cow-dung discs. The fire may not be as big as that lighted using wood but it will be enough for the ritual. I cannot wastev wood as I teach my children that environment needs protection”, says Brahmbhatt.

Times Of India,22  Mar 2008

A team from Indian Development Foundation and a few students from DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering went to celebrate holi at St.Catherine’s Primary School at Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai, with a differece. “No colours, No water, Only colourful petals” was thier idealogy.Children from St. Catherine’s Primary School felt extremely happy to play holi with colorful petals instead of water and chemicals. They thanked the organisers as they received sweets and eats on the festive occasion. The Principal of the school congratulated IDF and DJSCE team for such a novel celebration.

-Indian Development Foundation

The senior citizens of the township celebrated holi in a different manner at Nigdi-Pradhikaran, Pune by using colours for painting. Kalamaharshi Walchand Kothadiya Art Gallery had organised a painting competition only for senior citizens. The contest received an
overwhelming response.Nearly 100 senior citizens from Pimpri, Chinchwad, Wakad, Nigdi, Kalewadi, Sangvi and Talegaon took part in the competition.

– DNA India, 20 mar 2011

In 1998, the innovative idea of “Moon Camp” was put forth by youth iniatives’ members. “Moon Camp” is a camping activity organised by YI members on the day of Holi that promotes the idea of celbratin the festival peacefully. Many people have been celebrating holi with a difference since then, by either organizing a camp for themselves or joining the one organized by YI.

-www.youthinitiative.org.np

An employee of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL),Manuguru, J. V.G. Chandrasekhar took up a fortnight long campaign promoting the use of simple and safe natural colours.He contacted almost 2000 families with an appeal for not using the hazardous chemicals in the Holi celebrations. He circulated pamphlets in the schools and colleges with the same appeal.A majority of the youths seemed to have obliged. They used colours made of vegetables and materials that cause no harm.

-The Hindu, 03 Feb 2010

With a view to create awareness on asthma among children, Breathefree, a public service initiative from Cipla organized a Drawing competition exclusively for asthmatics in the Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.”Rangon Ki Duniya Khuli Saason Ke Saath” was the theme given to the children in the drawing competition. Around 40 children with asthma attended the event and children were awarded with certificates after the Drawing Competition by the doctor.

-India P R Wire, 22 Mar 2011

Hoping that we all will get inspiration from these people who have taken initiative to make a difference and adopt eco friendly methods of celebrating festivals.

Wishing you all a very happy and colourful Holi. 🙂

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