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Celebrities give tips on how to have an eco-friendly Diwali this year

Celebs give you a lowdown on how to have a beautiful Diwali without causing harm to others.

bollywood Updated: Oct 30, 2016 12:58 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
Diwali,Nimrat Kaur,Shruti Ulfat
Actor Nimrat Kaur urges people to celebrate Diwali in a non- noisy way so that animals are not affected.

It’s a #Pawsitive Diwali for actor Anushka Sharma, who like every year takes to social media to sensitise people on a noise-free Diwali. Actor Ranbir Kapoor too expressed his concern over noise pollution caused during Diwali that adversely affects animals and strays through a video message.

From dancing, to making rangoli and lighting Diyas, there is so much more to the festival of lights, says actor Nimrat Kaur, who has two cats of her own. Urging people to celebrate the festival of lights in an eco-friendly way, she says, “I feel that animals are the purest souls. They have no way of letting us know they are suffering and are literally at our mercy. If we can’t make their lives better, we shouldn’t make them worse. Their sense of smell and hearing is heightened, they hear much more louder then we do. We should treat them with compassion and not celebrate in a noisy way. We can all find ways of celebratings in a non-noisy way. I have two stray cats, and I know how much they suffer and run under the beds with the noise.”

Television actor Shruti Ulfat

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Actor Shruti Ulfat, says, “Smoke of the crackers closes the pores and makes it difficult for strays to breathe. Let’s decide not to burn crackers, and celebrate the festival holistically and beautifully. Just like how we celebrate eco-friendly Ganesh Utsav, we can celebrate eco friendly Diwali by lighting just diyas, candles, painting a rangoli and be very organic about it. Lighting just a phuljadi is a great thing.”

Actor Meghna Malik

Malik says that people need to change their celebration tactics. “Crackers are a waste of money. It is harming everything around us. You can do something good with that money for the people around you. With the increase in population of cities,and so much congestion, It is not only for harmless pets and stray animals, it is for children and the elderly also. We need to change our celebration tactics. The best part is to get together at home, indulge in dancing and cooking. The best way to celebrate is by lighting diyas and lamps.”

First Published: Oct 30, 2016 11:49 IST