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5 tips to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali

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Diwali Photo: Getty Images

Sparkling lights, noisy crackers and endless sweets. Is that all that comes to your mind when you think of Diwali? Well, isn't it time that we start seeing and celebrating festivals in its true spirit? Diwali is just round the corner , and we assure you this is the right time to begin.

This Diwali, pledge that we spend more time with the needy, visit our families and celebrate the festival without harming mother earth. Onmanorama tells you the way:

» Community celebrations

Celebrate Photo: Getty Images

Instead of celebrating Diwali alone, why not pool in your neighbors and cousins? Along with the greater fun, a combined celebration means lesser pressure on resources.

» Earthen lamps

Diyas Photo: Getty Images

Instead of wasting electricity with the use of electric string bulbs, stick to using the traditional earthen diyas. Also make sure that you purchase it from a local craftsman, in turn helping him promote his art. Instead of diyas, you can also try making a natural rangoli with natural color powders and even fresh flowers.

» Organic gifts

Candles Photo: Getty Images

Do not spend hefty sums on gifts. Variety of tees, herbs, scented candles, jute bags, potpourri, spices etc can be amazing gifts which will not dig a hole in your pocket.

» Share sweets

Sweets Photo: Getty Images

Whenever you purchase sweets for the family, remember those who are less fortunate than us. Get sweets for the needy people and elders. Tag along your children while distributing them to show them how festivals can color their lives differently.

» Plan a tree drive

Plant a tree Photo: Getty Images

Encourage people to plant a tree in their surrounding to mark the celebration and vow that you will take care of it. This way each celebration can be made into a much more meaningful event.

The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of Malayala Manorama. Legal action under the IT Act will be taken against those making derogatory and obscene statements.

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