Our Artsy, Earth-friendly Diwali Fireworks!

by Rashmie Jaaju on October 31, 2011 · 11 comments

in Art & Craft,Nurture & Culture

Friends, I wrote about our eco-friendly fireworks before we headed off to Dharamshala to celebrate Diwali there. I had plans to publish it from there but could not, due to being on the road for most part – exploring the enchanting place from dawn to dusk! 

Sharing couple of pictures of mesmerizing Dharamshala. I'll share more later with the nature-filled, soulful stories. (smiles) Continue to read about our artsy fireworks!

We returned from there the day after Diwali and one by one – our close and extended families that were here with us for Diwali – bid us goodbye. My in-laws returned to Sagara (in Karnataka). Sis-in-law and her family returned to Bangalore. 

Being used to living in a nuclear family, I must confess that I was initially a little wary of hosting and managing day-to-day affair for so many people – we were 10 people, including the kiddos and then there were other guests coming over to meet and greet.

But, you know what – inviting them all for Diwali and traveling together was the best decision Avie and I have taken in recent times. The connection that we all formed by being together for such a long time, could not have been formed any other way. Not by e-mails or telephone conversations for sure; not even by meeting for a day or two. 

I am sure they felt this way too, as my sis-in-law's father-in-law said – when departing – "We're a family now". (smiles). I think this was said in a genuine, heart-felt way. Because, come to think of it – often we become part of a big family by default and not by choice. And, more often than not, those relationships do not grow beyond their 'formal definitions' because we tend to not think of them like we think of our relationships with close friends – informal, like-minded, fun.

Whereas, it's quite possible that we may find a like-minded friend in our extended families. All we need to do is invest some time, thought and heart.

Alright – I digressed quite a bit. So, let me quickly get back to the post about our eco-friendly Diwali fireworks.

Here it is. Enjoy and share your thoughts and words below. I love chatting with you in the comments section. (more smiles!)

Written on Oct. 22, Saturday

Fireworks have become so synonymous with Diwali – as if Diwali is all about them and nothing else.

Well, yeah, they're a great spectacle to watch and they soar our spirits high, but, have we ever paused to think of the deadly effects all these fireworks cause in the way they pollute our air, land, water and health?

It's so obvious, is'n't it – that all the suspended toxic particles caused from crackers and fireworks will trigger asthma, lung diseases headaches, eye infections and so many more health concerns – especially for children, adults and pregnant women.

Read this article if you want to know how exactly are fireworks a grave threat to the environment and our health.

Why then are we so addicted to this form of celebration? 

There are many earth-friendly as well as creative ways to nurture the essence of this Festival, which is – positive beginnings and lighting of hope, prosperity, knowledge and well-being. 

I find it sad that the tradition of lighting clay lamps is now 'upgraded' to electric lights showing off our city skylines. I hardly see people lighting up their balconies, terraces and patios with rows of lighted clay lamps that we used to – as kids.

Oh, how I relish that ritual of first worshipping seven clay lamps and placing tiny portions of the dinner menu before each lamp, before proceeding to light up all the diyas around the house. That was such a special part of the evening. In fact -the most nostalgic part.

Well, the world has moved on! But, I prefer not to. I still prefer (and will always do) my clay dias over any form of electric lighting.

And, I will choose our artsy fireworks anyday over those pollutants that choke my respiratory passages. 

Here's Pari's blow painting (with straw and also with hollow pen) to create the effect of fireworks on paper.

She also used a dropper to play with the food colours on paper. It was fun to see the drops smudge on the construction-paper sheets that I gave her.

I gave her some salt to sprinkle on the wet painting. I knew she will love the textures created by the salt on colour. We shook off excess salt to reveal interesting effect.

What could we have done with all the extra food colour that still remained behind. I gave her a bowl of ice cubes to drop colour on and watch the process and wonder all the while! She loved it.

Now, it was time to explore some science fun. She added spoons full of sale over the coloured ice. And, guess what happened?

The salt formed holes and crevices in the ice and turned them into textured beauties. So much sensory fun for sight and touch.

The science part of it is that – when the salt melts the ice, it also forms crevices in it. The colour fills those crevices and creates beautiful sculptures. I first came across this science and art activity at The Artful Parent. I wish to do this again with Pari as she really enjoyed it. And, this time, we're going to try and make bigger sculptures with interesting patterns and tunnels.

Finally, Pari upcycled those artful sheets into greetings cards for her friends by writing colourful messages. Aren't they lovely?
And, inexpensive. And, ecofriendly? (smiles).

The other day, we also enjoyed fireworks in bottles. I highly recommend this for Diwali. (smiles)

Are you also trying to ensure a safe, earth-friendly Diwali for your family?

Please share any ideas that you think will be relevant for us all in this regard.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Brooke @ Let Kids Create October 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Wonderful that you were able to connect so well with your family. And so hard to let go of old traditions – I would be lighting the clay pots as well. Your rendition of fireworks is lovely. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness!
Brooke @ Let Kids Create’s recent fabulous post..Monday Madness #6

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Rashmie Jaaju November 2, 2011 at 6:03 am

Brooke,
Thank you for stopping by :) Yeah, traditions are what keep us rooted and give us a sense of bonding and togetherness. I think they should be preserved. Though, not all are worth it, there are others that are to be really valued.
I love linking up on the ‘Monday Madness’. This name is so appropriate. Monday are crazy at times..!

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shalini November 1, 2011 at 5:29 am

Rashmi,
I want to see pictures of festivities in the home :) and lit diyas? or were u busy at Dharamshala. doubt you got to see the Dalai Lama as he was in Dehradoon, Doon School around that time :)

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Rashmie Jaaju November 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

My dear Shalini,
Your wish is my command. :)
I’m trying to put one together highlighting the festivities etc. – for today.
Though we were in Dharamsala on the Diwali day, we celebrated other traditions at home before the journey and besides, when in Dharamsala, we went to an ancient Shiva temple.
And you know what – we did get to see the Dalai Lama. Can you believe it? He came to Dharamsala on the day we reached there! We went to the Dalai Lama temple the next morning for his teachings. Cameras are not allowed inside so we could not take pictures but yes, we sat there for a long time listening and chanting.

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shalini November 3, 2011 at 3:51 am

YAY!!!
You are truly blessed :) More so is Pari :)
Please give me your email id as i’d love to connect with you:)
Would love to connect with you in this lonely city of Delhi-Gurgaon :(

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Rashmie Jaaju November 3, 2011 at 6:09 am

Shalini,
Thank you, my dear. Just sent you a mail :)

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Natalie November 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

It sounds like you are having fantastic time celebrating with family and friends. Great idea adding salt to your straw paintings!
Natalie’s recent fabulous post..Week In Review–Oct 30, 2011

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Laura@art4littlehands November 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Beautiful work and love the colors she chose too!

Thanks for sharing at Monday Madness. Hope to see you back again tomorrow.
Laura@art4littlehands’s recent fabulous post..Bingo Dot Autumn Trees

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Rashmie Jaaju November 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

Thank you, Laura.
I love sharing on ‘Monday Madness’. :)

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Emma @sciencesparks November 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

oooh that looks like great fun! Beautiful paintings. Thanks for linking to Fun sparks. x

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Rashmie Jaaju November 7, 2011 at 7:59 am

Thank you, Emma :)

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