Something significant will be missing from this year’s Diwali Festival in India. The Indian Supreme Court has ordered a ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi for the Diwali Festival that begins on Oct 19. The term Diwali (Deepawali) itself means ‘series of lights’ and the celebration, meant to commemorate the return of the Hindu god Rama to many Indians, represents the Hindu belief that light will overcome darkness and good will triumph over evil. The festival lasts for five days and culminates in people setting off firecrackers with large fireworks displays throughout the country. But while this festival brings communities together, there is a darker side to the Festival of Lights that is cause for legitimate concern.
Air quality in India has been ranked as the worst in the world according to the World Health Organization database and during the 5 days of the Diwali Festival, the air quality becomes suffocating due to a large amount of toxic smoke created by the firecrackers and fireworks displays. For many, the Hindu festival is the most significant of its kind in Indian culture, but unfortunately, it has become a serious health hazard. The Indian government has put in place legislation to reduce the number of pollution by limiting the number of firecrackers being set off during the festival. Indian citizens have also taken to social media to voice concerns over the poor air quality created by the festivities and have even started initiatives such as #Crackerdown in hopes to curb the number of firecrackers used during the festival. While there are opposing opinions on the government ban on firecrackers, many proponents for a ‘Green Diwali’ are proposing that the celebration could be just as festive without the firecrackers and smoke.
Air quality outside is not the only looming danger during the Diwali Festival. The severity of the pollution in the air even in homes is cause for concern. Fine PM 2.5 particles rose to over 16 times their normal levels during Diwali in 2016 and these levels affect air quality indoors. Poor indoor air quality is particularly dangerous for small children and can contribute to the development of serious respiratory conditions. While the government and citizens alike are hoping to reduce the dangerous air pollutants emitted into the air during the festival, it is still imperative to ensure pure air quality in the home.
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We at LG hope that Indians across the country are able to enjoy the Diwali festivities with their communities safely and comfortably. Improving air quality and creating comfortable climates is a core part of our mission and with quality products such as our PuriCare air purifier, we aim to deliver pure, clean air to homes and offices to create healthy environments for our customers. The light of the Diwali Festival can truly overcome and together we can create a cleaner, healthier future for Indians across the country.