Yesterday many Hindus celebrated the Dahi Handi Festival, or Krishna Janmashtami.
Commercial Celebration increases enthusiasm
Like America with Christmas some are concerned over the commercialism that is becoming of the festival. The celebration in Thane and Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra gets huge. Hundreds of thousands of rupees go to the groups chosen to break the handi of yogurt. Groups parade through and make human pyramids to show they can break the clay jars of yogurt, and hundreds of thousands of people watch. They enjoy. They celebrate in honor of the memory of Krishna and his love of sneaking to get yogurt.
Some people celebrate at home and pour yogurt on their idols of Krishna. But, many in this area head to the large festivals, especially the ones in Thane.
But who cleans it up? After dropping my son at school I couldn’t walk the path to the ATM. I nearly slipped on old beans TWICE. Well did slip but didn’t entirely fall. It was disgusting to see this area littered as it was. The smell wasn’t what the regular walkers are used to and the flies were starting to take over some areas of this normally nice walking path.
This is what littered a popular walk way and exercise area this morning.
Groups and influential individuals sponsor the events but who thinks about clean up.
Or even having trash cans? Or considering the biological impact of distributing items that will not biodegrade in the next million years?
Can earth-friendly choices be made during festivals?
Do you have a morning walk? Or have you ever attended an event that didn’t have a place for trash to be disposed of? What about the bio impact when styrofoam is used instead of something earth friendly? What can be done in these situations?