Know the significance of Diwali; Tips to light firecrackers

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Bhubaneswar: Diwali- the festival of lights, is the celebration of the way of life which gives us an opportunity to reflect on the events of the past in order to change the future.

Diwali or Deepawali which also symbolises victory of righteousness is a time for both gratitude and gaiety. On this day, people light up lamps to flourish wealth, health and happiness in their life.

The festival coincides the Hindu New Year, new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The actual day of Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the honor of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu) who returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Raavana.

It is also believed that, the goddess of happiness and good fortune, Lakshmi, also figures into the celebration. She roams the Earth, on this day, and enters the house that is pure, clean, and bright.

This apart, when it comes for celebration, the most usual things we do is light lamps, catch up friends and family members, welcome guests, bursts firecrackers, eat sweets and many more.

Here are some tips for a safe and incident free Diwali:

  • To avoid any fire mishap, you should wear cotton clothes and stay away from synthetic material.
  • Before bursting fire crackers, look for an open space and ensure there are no combustible and inflammatory things around.
  • Make sure that you should buy firecrackers from legal manufacturers and ensure that you go through the instructions before bursting them.
  • You should purchase good quality firecrackers, of course the green one, as it reduces the risk of dangerous mishap and maintains the pollution  level.
  • First aid kit, bucket of water or sand should be kept near the area where you are bursting firecrackers. In case there is a minor injury, it can be treated immediately at home.
  • The firecrackers, after bursting, should be immediately disposed.
  • Use a long candle to light diyas and a long fire wood to light cracker, as it keeps you at a safe distance.

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