October 9th, 2014
Recently we celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi ; Mumbaikars especially did it bigger than ever before.
And the next day, these pictures flooded social media sparking an age old debate – ‘Is it time to change the way we celebrate?’.
Celebrations are necessary. We believe life itself is a celebration; we need to remind ourselves by celebrating physically. However this is also the time we need to take a look at the way we celebrate and ‘Improve it’.
For example, for Ganesha Chaturthi; we build gigantic Lord Ganesha idols and immerse them in the open sea, and the next day, it is all over the beaches in bits and pieces. We celebrate New Year / Diwali with extravagant firework. And Christmas by cutting millions of trees.
This celebration costs us our health, environment and economy. Can we not come up with better, economical, environment friendly way of celebration?
Can we not bring some creative solution to this global problem?
A fellow logical Indian suggested we can use small idols in place of these gigantic ones. Instead of immersing them in the open sea we can do so in a closed pond or area. We can use better clay/material which can dissolve easily in water and we have less debris to clean up.
The Logical Indian believes we can come up with creative ideas to solve any issue, and we need to apply it in our celebrations too.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to offend any religion belief or lack thereof; neither is it to hurt the sentiments of any group, sect, cult or society. We request you not to give it a religious angle and come up with creative suggestions. Something we’ll remember to use for our next celebration.