India is a country where many festivals are celebrated. But do you have any idea how harmful it is to celebrate festivals like Dussehra and Diwali, especially for our environment? Very!

Let’s talk about Dussehra. People across the country celebrate Dussehra by burning the effigies of Ravan, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran, which signifies the victory of good over evil.

But the other side of the coin is really scary. Have you noticed how much pollution do effigies cause after they burn? On festive days the level of pollution increases a lot more than on regular days, which results in global warming.

[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]According to WHO37 cities from India feature in the top 100 cities with the worst PM10 pollution, and Delhi, Raipur, Gwalior and Lucknow are listed in the top 10.[/box]

Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health, said “We can win the fight against air pollution and reduce the number of people suffering from respiratory and heart disease, as well as lung cancer. Effective policies and strategies are well understood, but they need to be implemented on a sufficient scale. Cities such as Copenhagen and Bogotà, for example, have improved air quality by promoting ‘active transport’ and prioritizing dedicated networks of urban public transport, walking and cycling.”

Let’s discuss the side effects of Dussehra on human health

  1. India is a country where numerous festivals are celebrated. Crackers fill the sky with colourful lights. But, they also harm our environment by causing air pollution and noise pollution, which has a direct impact on our health. The smoke of the crackers consists of fine toxic dust that can enter our body very easily and harm our health.
  2. Asthmatic patients suffer a lot during festivals like Dussehra and Diwali. The smoke caused by firecrackers does not pass easily. You can apply precautions to save yourself from the side effects.
  • People with breathing problems should stay indoors to avoid inhaling the smoke
  • Patients suffering from breathing problems must avoid highly polluted areas
  1. A humongous amount of dry waste generates after burning the effigies of Ravan, Meghnad and Kumbhakaran. Generally, people dump that dry waste in water bodies which leads to water pollution.
  2. The burning of huge effigies leads to air pollution. Apart from releasing toxic gases, it leads to an alarming rise in the level of Respirable Suspended Particulate Material (RSPM). RSPM is small particles that contribute to asthma and bronchitis.

Take Away

“Dussehra turns tragic in Amritsar as 61 crushed under train.” Do you remember these headlines? Yes, this was an incident of 2018, during Dussehra. Everyone was celebrating the victory of good over evil, but suddenly everything turned upside-down.

The purpose to remind this sorrowful moment is to celebrate festivals without harming anyone or anything. We celebrate festivals to bring happiness to our lives, but in today’s world, everything is not going as planned.

The headlines of newspapers show a genuine picture of the environment, especially on the day next to Dussehra. Now you have to decide whether you want a healthy environment for your family or not. If you do, then please take corrective measures to keep your environment safe and pollution-free.

Celebrate this festive season SAFELY & POLLUTION FREE. For any health-related query speak to Credihealth medical experts for FREE and personalized guidance at +918010994994 or click the link below

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