Fire crackers may amuse youngsters and elders alike. We either don’t bother knowing about them or if we do we conveniently ignore the details with the sweet coating of “Diwali hai, Phatake to jalane hi chahiye”. Fire crackers are mostly made by small children in remote villages. We all know that child labor is a crime; still many cracker outfits forcefully make small children perform the hazardous task of making these crackers. When we buy these crackers, we are indirectly encouraging that child labor. These children are always at the risk of their lives because the gunpowder used in making crackers is very poisonous and if accidentally consumed or inhaled can even cause death.Diwali in India is synonymous to crackers. People relate more to crackers than any other elements at the mention of Diwali. I too was a huge fan of crackers in my childhood. But when I came to the understanding of the festival and its meaning, and also about the way crackers affect our society, I did not feel like bursting another cracker since. For over a year I along with a few friends run a campaign on Facebook to encourage people to Say NO to Crackers. We all need to understand the true essence of the festival and I will take you through the same in this article.
As I said, Diwali is the festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil. And if we go by all the stories behind this festival, the celebration was to kill the evil within us and spread the good to people around us. That’s why the lamps and sweets. Spend time with those that matter. Share a bite; catch up on events that you missed due to your busy schedules. Sing! Dance!! Rejoice!!! Diwali is much more than just bursting crackers. After all, its Deepavali (Festival of Lights) not Crackeravali (Festival of Crackers).

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