15 Eco Friendly Ways to Celebrate GANESH CHATURTHI

Ganesh Chaturthi is a popular festival celebrated in India to worship Lord Ganesha.

The 10-day long celebration includes decorating Ganesha idols at home, making and enjoying mouth-watering delicacies and of course, music, lights and immersion of the idol on the last day. 

However, unknowingly we are causing harm to the environment like Water Pollution, Noise Pollution and Soil Pollution

This year, it's time for some eco-consciousness. So here are some 15 simple ways to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in an eco-friendly way. Have a look:

1. Buy Eco-friendly Ganesha Idols made up of all natural and Bio-degradable materials. Don't buy idols made of chemicals, POP, clay, plastic and polystyrene.

2. Limit Number and Size of Ganesha Idols in your Community because bigger size idols will take more space and consume more clay, chemicals, plastic or POP used for its making.

3. Switch on decorative lights during "puja" or "aarti" in evenings or only when necessary. Switch off decorative lights during daytime. Replace traditional bulbs with compact fluorescent lights.

4. Use natural and biodegradable colors for making Rangoli. You can use turmeric, henna, natural flowers and leaves, mehendi, rice powder and gulal.

5. Use Eco Friendly Decoration like paper (to make flowers, dolls, puppets, bells), natural flowers, clothes and wood to decorate around Ganesha Idol.

6. Say no to use of Plastic and Plastic products. Instead of plastic use of cloth bag should be encouraged which is very comfortable to carry and can be reused.

7. Avoid playing Loud Music which might create disturbance to others. Mrigandam, Tabla and other low sound instruments can be used instead.

8. Limit the number of public pandals by making a huge pandal so that everybody can come and jointly celebrate the festival together as more pandals means more noise pollution and more dumped garbage. 

9. Use Artificial tank for immersion of idols instead of natural water source like river, lake or pond.

10. Prizes should be distributed to communities who promote eco friendly ways of celebrating festivals which will encourage others.

11. Collect the offerings of flowers, garlands and other organic materials and put them in a community built a compost pit which can be used ti fertilize your garden.

12. Instead of immersing Ganesha 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.

13. Reduce is the best way to manage waste. Reuse products in different ways. Recycling the Ganesha festival flowers and festival leftovers is another way to manage waste.

14. Ensure that your apartment or society community buys Green Ganesha and ensure you support ban Plaster of Paris (PoP) / hazardous chemicals.

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 Ganesha Festival.

So Enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi in an eco-friendly way.

May Lord Ganesh bless you with treasure of Health, Wealth and Happiness

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.....!!!

Ganpati Bappa Moriya.............!!!

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