Time went by, we grew up, and so did our thoughts. We no more throw pebbles at animals down the street and we no more dirt the water intentionally to see what happens. This transformation, all because of the learnings that we had in all these years that just passed. We now know that we can't gift the coming generation a bad place to live in and this is when we choose to go the eco-friendly way wherever possible.
With the Holi season coming, it makes sense for us to think of a way to celebrate the festival without hindering the joy that it brings and at the same time, making sure not to pollute the already polluted environment around us.
Today, when I know that everyone is already teaching us how to make use of eco-friendly Holi colours, I thought of educating my readers about the way to celebrate eco-friendly Holika Dahan. Read on...
If someone asks you to stop celebrating the festival of Holika Dahan in the name of saving the environment, I'll urge you to tell that person something that is purely backed by science...
The scientific explanation -
It is a festival that witnesses the burning of large effigies of Holika all across the nation in a number that touches a million. The humongous production of hot air (which is lighter than cold air) as a result of the burning to such large extent builds a low-pressure atmosphere. This leads to a sure shot rainfall by June, hence being great for the water cycle.
All that you just read was the ideal objective behind the festival of Holika (burning the mythical devil) and its relevance to the scientific world that was none of the harm.
But, the things have changed now and the question today arises...
In the Sanatan Dharma, the festivals were celebrated keeping their impact on the environment in mind. But, over the passage of time, they saw a negative transformation.
Holika, which was meant to support environment became one of its worst enemies and here's how we can again change the scenario while still celebrating it.
In Udaipur (a beautiful city in Rajasthan), under the 'Save Semal Trees' campaign, volunteers urged people to make use of iron pyre instead of using Semal trees in order to save the Semal trees that have many medicinal uses.
Why not, I mean we can do this much of a physical exercise to cut down the dry bushes from somewhere in our locality rather than going for the easily available wet woods that require Kerosene to be added so as to get burnt.
The options ahead are even better and newer...
The wood pellets made of sawdust and other lumber byproducts are actually a better option because they anyway go to waste. Moreover, they are superb at burning almost instantaneously and entirely because they have an amazingly low moisture content. You can make use of a pellet shove in order to add them to the Holika structure.
Burning cow dung cakes would also kill insects and on top of that, create close to zero nuisance for the lovely environment. It should also work for the purification of the air. Finding them in bulk can come easy if you have a cattle farm nearby your locality.
These days, we see people adding anything and everything to the Holika as if the only objective is to see fire caught into something that's non-living.
But, as we already are well aware, burning stuff like tyre and plastic can be hazardous to the atmosphere, and we just cannot afford to make that mistake now. So, read on to find out what else you can use...
Remember the terrible time when Swine Flu was on the rise? In those months, we saw a string of circulating WhatsApp messages that claimed keeping and inhaling camphor (being one good prevention against the H1N1 virus). Many doubted its effect and that's when this report published in TOI just proved it.
Moreso, using cardamom and camphor can prove to be a bonus when it comes to bringing an even better replacement of kerosene oil. This is one way Holika serves our health.
I'll say, do not compromise on the fun element that these festivals bring in. Just make a change in your approach towards them...
Do your bit by sharing the story as much as you can so that everyone in your contact knows that you care for the environment and that they too must become like you and save the planet for the coming gen.
Happy Smart Holi in advance :)