The weeks of September remark the auspicious time of Ganesh Chaturthi in our society. Everyone is busy preparing for the Ganesh Chaturthi in one way or another for bringing the most attractive pandals and idols of Bappa at home.
Everyone orders their Bappa and does different arrangements. While Celebrating the whole festival everyone conducts different events like aarti, community dinners and etc. For the final day of visarjan we arrange a band and music system for the most special Ganpati visarjan.
While carrying out this process we often miss out the whole way how we can actually celebrate each event in an eco-friendly way. Each and every activity that is conducted right from Ganpati's idol to the immersion ceremony causes harm to the environment in one way or the other.
Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in the most eco-friendly way is all we search for. So here are the top 10 ways how you can celebrate the eco-friendly way.
Often decorations in our pandals and home-based mandaps are decorated heavily with lights and other electronical items. Using such items may seem to make the decoration look promising but they consume a lot of electricity that is not the right way. One can cut down the consumption of lights only during the night or when they are extremely required.
One can also use LED-based lights which are efficient enough and consume a comparatively small amount of electricity than the normal CFC ones. One can also use Diya or lamps made up of clay and light the whole surrounding.
2. Reducing the number of pandals
Pandals are placed where the majority of people come together and worship the Lord in a majority. In India, major societies have their own pandals and also have different idols at their individual homes.
The solution for this can be celebrating the festivals collectively by 2 societies together so that the pandals are reduced and collective life can be conducted easily. The individual celebrations can be merged with the celebration of society during the time of visarjan or community dinner and lunch.
3. Eco-friendly decoration
The decoration is still considered an integral part of decoration and is valued more and people tend to add more and more decorations to their pandals or their individual celebrations.
These decorative materials are majorly made up of thermacol and plastic materials that are harmful to nature as they take up a long time to decompose into the environment and do the most harm during this time.
One should switch to simple decoration alternatives such as flowers which can be decomposed easily and are easily manageable and add the colours and fragrance . The use of cloth materials are also a good substitute and can be reused every other time for decoration and other occasions.
4. Eco-friendly Ganapati idols
The traditional way of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi uses idols made from POP (plaster of Paris) this material does not decompose and cause harm to the marine life causing water pollution. Eco-friendly Ganesha is made from clay and red soil which is available naturally. This not only helps nature but also reduces pollution.
5. Ban plastic items
Plastic items are used intensively for decoration purposes and also for the storage of materials. The majority of plastics are one-time use plastics. These plastic materials are unattended in the environment and affect the environment for a long time.
6. Minimising noisy activities
The rites for the celebration during Ganesh Chaturthi. The events such as arthritis and dhol Tasha during the ceremony create noise pollution. Noise pollution is also a sector where we have to control. controlling the situation is in our hands.
Ganesh Chaturthi aarth's can be more enjoyable with less noise and the only the use of traditional instruments. The visarjan ceremony has the use of DJ's and a huge music system, this can be controlled by finding alternatives.
The ceremony of immersion of Ganpati idols is done by the traditional method in major water bodies. Water bodies are a collective of freshwater bodies and seawater, freshwater bodies are a major source of drinking water for domestic purpose .
Using artificial tanks will be the best solution to this problem. Artificial tanks can be disposed of easily and have control of the waste post immersion ceremony.
8. Reuse, reduce, recycle – 3R
Reduce, reuse, and recycle are the 3R that have to be followed in every festival to be followed. Usage of decorative materials on the idols and pandals has to be used and stored for the future. Reusing the materials of this ceremony is the best use.
Reducing the consumption of plastic and thermacol for the festival is the new thing that can be followed to eco-friendly Ganesha celebration. Recycling the materials such as metal, plastic, and paper materials to make apparatus for the ceremony.
9.Decomposing organic materials
The use of materials such as fruits, flowers, and vegetables. These materials are organic. These materials are used for rites and are waste is thrown directly. These organic materials can be decomposed and can be used as a fertilizer for agriculture purposes.
10.Using rangoli instead of paints
Rangoli is a traditional material used by people in India. Indian culture is inclined to using rangoli for decoration purposes. we can learn from this and use rangoli for decoration. Rangoli is a natural material and available in nature easily.
So, it’s our responsibility to use this method and evolve the festival into an eco-friendly festival.
“ Switch now to a happy future”