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Durban aims for green Diwali

Publish date: 22 October 2019
Issue Number: 628
Diary: Legalbrief Environmental
Category: general

Durban aims for green Diwali


As Hindus worldwide gather to observe Diwali, a group of forward-thinking Durbanites are attempting to change the perception of the auspicious day. While many associate it with fireworks that scare pets and disturb neighbourhoods, some Durban residents want to take Diwali back to its roots. Organisers of the city's first ever Green Diwali festival say they are moving in a direction to observe the beloved Hindu celebration in a more environmentally safe manner. Festival organisers hosted their first event two weeks ago and received positive responses. One of the event's organisers, Dr Sanil Singh, said the celebration was meant to bring people together. ‘Instead of Diwali creating division over fireworks, we looked for a way to promote social cohesion and sustainable living by bringing people together in a safe space,’ he said. He referred to the ancient Vedic (Hindu scripture) principles of celebrating with consideration for others and caring for the environment.

– allAfrica