I haven’t used electric lamps or LED lights ever during Deepavali, This festival is all about following the traditions — be it taking an oil bath, wearing new clothes or making delicacies. Why resort to these new lighG when we have our clay lamps? Lighting a lamp is seen as an auspicious beginning. So, setting up my home by lighting so many lamps feels special and nice. I feel hand-made deepams bring out tie Deepavali fervour at home. I usually buy from roadside shops. There are so many designs to choose from, too. They’re nicer, cheaper, and can be reused too.
As a child, I loved to play with crackers, However, as I grew older, I found out about how the industry encourages child labour and the damage it causes to the environment Since then, my way of celebrating the festival is by buying diyas from local artisans and decorating my home with it We live in a much more aware world fian what I grew up in, so we need to make more of an effort to be sustainable.
The pandemic has been difficult for local artisans; their lives have come to a halt There have been no melas and sales during COVID19 for these potters who depend on the festive season to make money and feed their families. I personally like decorating my house with traditional diyas made from clay and mud, because they lend an authentic feel to the festival. With the world slowly inching back towards normal, let’s do our bit to help potters earn their wages and get back to normalcy, too.