THE FESTIVAL of lights was celebrated with traditional fervour in the Capital on Saturday, with people making merry mostly at homes with family members.
Although crackers were the hallmark of the Diwali evening, high-pitch noisy ones were burnt in comparatively less numbers compared to previous years. Revellers preferred more colourful and sparkling crackers to noisy ones.
The City skyline remained alight with colourful crackers all through the evening but the level of sound pollution remained lower than that of previous years.
Crackers were given tough competition by light decorations on most localities in the City. Newly whitewashed houses looked beautiful with electric bulb decorations, traditional marigold garlands and rangolis.
This year the Chinese electric bulb series was much in vogue and various varieties decorated homes. The series offered a lot of choices of display and added to the colourful look of the City.
Most City roads remained deserted from the evening as after last minute shopping, citizens went home to perform Laxmi Pujan and then share time with family and friends, bursting crackers, distributing sweets and in general enjoying the festive moments.
A resident of Jawahar Chowk, Sangeeta Agrawal said that this year she persuaded her three young children to purchase more sparklers instead of noisy crackers. “Although they did buy some bombs, they could understand that sparklers are more environment-friendly and beautiful,’’ she said. Her 14-year-old daughter Sakshi concurred. “Yes they are really more beautiful and cause less problem to others – mostly elders and children,’’ she said.
This year the production of crackers was a bit low owing to heavy rains in Sivakasi, which is the main hub of cracker production. That was also one of the reasons for a comparatively low use of crackers, a shop owner in New Market said.
Also, the continuing campaign by the MP Pollution Control Board, district administration, Bhopal Municipal Corporation and some NGOs has created awareness among people.