f you are shopping for gifts, don't buy any wrapping paper; save on it and stop trees from being cut.
Instead, wrap your gifts with painted newspaper / make your own gift bags with newspaper / use pieces of cloth lying about in the house, which you can embroider or handpaint, or even jute.
As for the gifts, instead of buying them, this year make them at home. Some options:
- Bake cookies or cakes
- Make homemade sweets
- Make candles of different shapes and colours
- Paint a picture
- Create an artwork by using pieces of bright coloured cloth on a canvas
- A potted paper plant or a bouquet of paper flowers
- Try your hand at pottery and make a small decorative vase
If you do want to go ahead and buy your gifts, then:
- Opt for organic cosmetics, plants (or seeds), dry fruit, art work, wind chimes etc.
- Gift likenesses of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi to your near and dear ones -- the traditional silver coins are in accordance with a green Diwali.
You can even draw pictures of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on wet mud with the help of an old pen, or even a matchstick. Let this dry in the sun and then paint it using natural vegetable and fruit colours. Another option is to take a dry leaf and paint on it, or stick pictures of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi underneath. You can also use betel or a square piece of banana leaf and paint the picture of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi with kumkum on it.
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Diwali is the festivals of lights celebrated every year with great zeal and enthusiasm. It signifies good over evil and hope over despair. The festival is around the corner and the streets are buzzing with lights, candles, Diyas, sweets and happiness.
From children to adults, the eagerness to buy clothes, crackers is in all. However, this year the Supreme court of India has banned crackers in the national capital. Hence, it will be a cracker free Diwali for the Delhites. It’s time to protect our environment and think beyond boundaries, as the bursting of crackers not only pollutes the already polluted air but also puts people’s health at stake.
Hence it will be a cracker free Diwali for the Delhites. It’s time to protect our environment and think beyond boundaries, as the bursting of crackers not only pollutes the already polluted air but also put people’s health at stake.
Diwali without crackers!!! Sounds as if life without oxygen for many across India. However, a fun-filled Diwali can also be celebrated without crackers. Want to know how? Have a look at then!
Ways to celebrate cracker- free Diwali 2017,
Light eco-friendly Diyas.
Plant trees in place of burning cracker.
Use the money of crackers in buying gifts for the poor people and brighten up someone else’s Diwali.
Meet and greet relatives and friends. Spread love and happiness by gifting homemade gifts.
Indulge in spreading awareness about the effects of burning crackers.
Divide areas and take initiatives of cleaning the neighborhoods.
Play cards, make handmade gifts and hampers.
Cook delicacies at home and feed the needy.
Decorate homes with flowers.
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