Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is one of the most popular and widely celebrated festivals in the world. Diwali 2023 in Delhi was the cleanest in years. The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Diwali day was 312, and on the day after Diwali, it was 303.
Diwali, the dazzling Hindu festival of lights, has once again illuminated our hearts and homes. It brings communities together in a celebration of triumph over darkness and ignorance. Diwali 2023 brought a new ray of hope for the environment and earth. But first, get into the history of this ancient festival.
A Journey Through Time
With a history spanning over 2,500 years, Diwali’s roots run deep in the stories of various faiths. For Hindus, it marks Lord Rama’s triumphant return to Ayodhya. Jains commemorate Mahavira’s enlightenment, while Sikhs celebrate Guru Hargobind’s release. Newar Buddhists honor the birth of Gautama Buddha. and across religions, the common thread is the victory of good over evil.
Diwali 2023: A Breath of Fresh Air
This year’s Diwali in Delhi brought more than just light; it heralded the cleanest air in years. With an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 312 on Diwali day and 303 the day after, Delhiites breathed a sigh of relief. The ban on firecrackers, favorable weather conditions, and a delayed stubble-burning season all contributed to this improvement, marking a significant stride in the city’s battle against air pollution.
Despite lingering in the ‘very poor’ category, this cleaner air stands as a testament to Delhi’s ongoing efforts. It includes the ban on firecrackers, implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan, promotion of electric vehicles, tree planting initiatives, and air purifiers in public spaces.
Feasts and Treats
Diwali is incomplete without a feast that tantalizes the taste buds. From the “festival of sweets” offering Gulab Jamun, Laddoos, Jalebi, and Rasgulla, to savory delights like Samosas, Pakoras, Chivda, and Murukku, the variety is as vast as the cultural tapestry it represents. Main dishes such as Biryani, Pulao, Paneer Tikka Masala, Dal Makhani, and Chole Bhature add the perfect finishing touch to this culinary celebration.
Recent Trends and Global Reach
In recent years, Diwali has transcended borders, becoming a global celebration. A surge in eco-friendly festivities, Diwali fairs and festivals, and an evolving tradition of gift-giving reflect the changing dynamics of this ancient festival.
As we look forward to Diwali 2023, expect to witness homes and businesses adorned with lights and diyas, the aroma of sweet and savory dishes filling the air, spectacular fireworks displays, heartfelt prayers, and the joy of exchanging thoughtful gifts with loved ones.
In the spirit of Diwali, let the light radiate happiness, prosperity, and good health into your life. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and Happy Diwali!