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15 Eco Friendly Ways To Celebrate Ganesh Festival


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Ganesh Festival is one of the main festivals celebrated blissfully and joyfully all over India. Lord Ganesha elephant headed god is believed to be God of power and wisdom. In India, people worship Ganesh before initiating any work. Ganesh Festival is birthday of Lord Ganesh and beautifully decorated idols of different sizes are made for sale by specially skilled artisans. Ganesh festival or Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the installation of these Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated temporary structures in every locality.
The festival is also the time for cultural activities like singing and theater performances, orchestra and community activities. On final day of celebration, Ganesh idol is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river. This is the ritual known as Ganesh Visarjan. All join in this final procession shouting “Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Laukar ya” (means O lord Ganesha, come again early next year).

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15 Eco Friendly Ways To Celebrate Ganesh Festival

  1. 1. Say no to idols made of chemicals, plaster of paris, clay, plastic, thermocol (polystyrene) and opt for idols made of natural, biodegradable materials. #1 Buy Eco Friendly Ganesh Idols
  2. 2. Bigger size idols take much space and also consume more clay or POP for its making, adding more waste to environment. #2 Limit Size and number of Ganesh Idols in your community
  3. 3. Switch on decorative lights during the “aarti” or “pooja” and evenings only when necessary. Replace traditional bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. #3 Switch off decorative lights
  4. 4. Use natural biodegradable colours for making Rangoli such as turmeric, henna, mehndi, rice powder or gulaal. #4 Use Natural Colours for Rangoli
  5. 5. Use paper flowers or natural flowers for decoration & natural materials like cloth, wood, paper to make dolls, puppets, and bells to decorate around Ganpati idol. #5 Use Eco Friendly Decoration
  6. 6. Say No to Plastic Bags. Instead cloth bags can be encouraged which is very comfortable to carry, biodegradable and can be reused later. #6 Ban the usage of plastic
  7. 7. Avoid playing loud music which might create disturbance to others. Mridangam, Tabla and such low sound instruments can be used instead. #7 Refrain from Noise Pollution
  8. 8. Make a huge pandal so that everybody can come and jointly celebrate the festival as more pandals means more noise pollution and more dumped garbage. #8 Limit number of public pandals
  9. 9. Use can use artificial tank or artificial immersion tank instead of natural water source like river, lake or pond. #9 Artificial immersion tank
  10. 10. Prizes should be distributed to communities who promote eco friendly ways of celebrating festivals which will encourage others. #10 Spread awareness on Green Ganesh
  11. 11. Collect the offerings of flowers, garlands and other organic material and put them in a community built compost pit which can be used to fertilize your garden. #11 Build a compost pit for organic materials
  12. 12. Instead of immersing Ganesh idol in a water body, you can either sprinkle a few drops of water and then wiping it off to keep it for next year or use a metal or stone idol and symbolically immerse it in a bucket of water. #12 Symbolic immersion
  13. 13. Reduce is best way to manage waste. Reuse products in different ways. Recycling the Ganesh festival flowers and festival leftovers is another way to manage waste. #13 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  14. 14. Ensure this Ganesh Festival, your apartment community buys Green Ganesh and ensure you support or ban Plaster of Paris (PoP)/hazardous chemicals. #14 Ban Ganesha made of plaster of Paris or chemicals
  15. 15. Spread awareness by forming a group or a team in your community. Teach your younger generation and others the good effects of celebrating eco friendly Ganesh Festival. #15 Celebrate the festival by forming groups
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