Diwali! One of the biggest festivals in India is here and we are sure the preparations have begun in your house already. Be it Diwali cleaning, Diwali sweets, Laxmi Pujan or Diwali gifting, there is so much to this festival. But , in the midst of the excitement, take a moment to explain to your children about how they can celebrate the festival safely and how they can enjoy the festivities without causing any damage to the environment
1) Be careful when bursting firecrackers: We are not asking you to dissuade your children from bursting crackers but explain to them how crackers can be hazardous and can lead to smoke and noise pollution.
2) Avoid the use of plastic made Diwali decor: Go green this Diwali, teach your kids to make DIY diyas, get them to hand-paint them, make lanterns using home supplies. The joy of decorating the house with your own creations is so much more as compared to the store-bought items.
3) Be compassionate towards stray animals:With the noise of the loud crackers during Diwali, birds, pets & stray animals run out of fear and hide either under the cars or under the bed for shelter. It is very important that we teach our kids to be cautious while celebrating Diwali without harming the animals & birds in our neighbourhood.
4) Involve them in the festivities: Making homemade mithai can be a fun family affair. Give them simple tasks like gathering all the ingredients, reading out the recipes, mixing, being a part of the cooking process gives kids a sense of achievement. You can also involve them in making beautiful Rangoli designs using flowers.
5) Thoughtful Diwali gifts: Encourage kids to design thoughtful greetings for the loved ones. It need not be a fancy gift, even a small handmade greeting card can go a long way in conveying the Diwali message.
May the festival of lights bring lots of joy, peace, and prosperity to you and your family. Have a great Diwali!