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“PLANT A MEMORY, PLANT A TREE, DO IT TODAY FOR TOMORROW”

Nothing compares to the joy and grandeur of Diwali when it comes to Indian festivities. The festival of lights not only ushers in the Hindu New Year, but it is also India’s most dazzling sight and, without a doubt, the year’s most awaited event.

Diwali is a time when people gather together, putting put their differences aside and celebrating happiness through the enjoyment of gifting.

Why not reinvent gifting this Diwali with these unique Diwali gift ideas? Surprise your loved ones with one-of-a-kind Diwali gifts, such as these gift plants, and tell them to plant during the festival.

Natural plant gifts are already a cultural phenomenon throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Plants are organic ways to relax that contribute to the creation of a welcoming and happy environment. You’re not just conveying your sincere wishes to your loved ones when you give them plants for Diwali; you’re also spreading prosperity, good fortune, and environmental awareness!

The BMC celebrated the Festival of Lights in 2005 in a unique way. The BMC has organised a Green Diwali initiative in order to maintain the festivities pollution-free as well as to raise awareness about environmental issues among the city’s residents. Hundreds of seedlings were planted in several parks throughout the city in the hopes that others would follow suit & plant saplings instead of exploding polluting and noisy firecrackers. Let us celebrate this way.

The BMC has planned in 2005 that a large reforestation operation at parks around the city as part of its eco-friendly Diwali campaign. Pushpendra Singhdeo, the minister of housing and urban development, was also there, according to government sources. “Enjoy the festival, but not at the expense of the environment,” BMC commissioner Krishan Kumar remarked. According to the plan, the BMC planted 500 trees in Kharavel Park in Unit-III, 300 saplings in Madhusudan Park, and 100 saplings in each of Kelucharan Park and Buddhajayanti Park.

A N Jena, the mayor of Bhubaneswar, stated that they are constantly promoting to make the capital city smart. The drive is the result of a suggestion made by citizens during the Smart City project’s citizen connect campaign. Jena stated that the BMC had mobilised residents to utilise clay lamps instead of crackers for Diwali that year.

“We want people to join us in the plantation push as part of our objective to raise awareness about pollution during the festival,” he added.

The Supreme Court ordered the Centre to prohibit sound-emitting firecrackers between hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in 2015. “The commissionerate police kept an eye out for this infringement and prosecute anyone who bursts crackers between these hours,” said Ranjit Samal, a Nayapalli resident, who added, “We could express our responsibility to protect the environment by lighting earthen lamps.”

So, this drive which was taken in 2015 motivated us all to plant more and more trees this year. Because-

“SOMEONE IS SITTING IN THE SHADE TODAY BECAUSE SOMEONE PLANTED A TREE LONG TIME AGO”

-AMRITA TIWARI

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