Over the years, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations have evolved from being small local events to a mind-blowing, epic celebration. The size of the statues have gone from the size of our palm to life-size, sometimes even gigantic proportions.
On the tenth day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the statue is immersed in a water body symbolizing the cycle of life. Plaster of Paris is widely used to make statues. There are a plethora of options available to decorate every statue in all its pomp and glory. We need to ask ourselves, how environment-friendly, these options are.
Let’s take a vow to celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with more natural environment-friendly options. Here are some tips to help you get started.
- Buying statues made of metal, stone or wood that can be reused every Ganesh Chaturthi is the smart way to be eco-friendly.
- Avoid Plaster of Paris statues and idols. Just say no!
- Choose paints responsibly. Most of the artificial dyes and pigments used today contain harmful chemicals like lead, mercury etc.
- You could use natural colors instead. If you are worried, you can’t find all the colors naturally, we are here to help you out. You can try these options:
- Yellow: Turmeric
- Black: Kajal or Activated charcoal
- Purple: Beetroot
- Orange: Henna powder
- Brown: Instant coffee powder
- Green: Spinach paste
- Use these natural colors for your Rangoli as well.
- Avoid things like plastic, Polystyrene other non-biodegradable materials in your Ganesh Chaturthi decorations.
- Encourage children to make Ganesha statues from clay.
- Use energy saving light bulbs and use them only whenever necessary.
- A thrifty option for colorful lights is to wrap the bulbs in colorful paper.
- Using just colored paper you can make lovely decorations. So why buy plastic? If you are up for a challenge try origami decorations this Ganesh Chaturthi.
- Use environment-friendly plates or even better, use banana leaves for Prasad.
Instead of using readily available non-biodegradable options, be wise and use eco-friendly options. Spread the word and tell those you know about the various benefits of being eco-friendly. It is sure to rub off on your dear ones. Let’s celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha guilt-free!