Diwali is the festival of lights, sweets and firecrackers, but the harm these crackers are causing needs to stop. Each year on the dark night of Diwali, crackers of varied colours and sounds fill the skies heralding India's favourite festival. Diwali or Deepavali in Sanskrit means ’a row of lamps,‘ and not fireworks. They form a big part of the Diwali and Kali Puja budgets in households. And an increasing number of people are becoming aware of how excessive use of crackers during Diwali leads to noise pollution, respiratory problems and other health issues and also contributes to global warming.The Maidan market
Crackers hold a fascination for the young and the old alike. Despite a growing anti-cracker campaign, there is no dip in their popularity. Every year, Diwali enthusiasts everywhere hunt for the best firecrackers in the market, and Kolkata is no exception to this grand activity. In Kolkata, Bazi Bazaar is the most attractive place to buy all types of fireworks. This huge makeshift market, set up on the Maidan around Shahid Minar, stocks all varieties of firecrackers. Tubri
(Flower Pot), Charki
(Spinning Wheel), Howui
(Rocket), Aasman Gola
(Seven Shots and Twelve Shots varieties), Rang Mashal
(Coloured Torch) and a lot of other popular and attractive crackers are sold in bulk at reasonable prices. Other attractions of this market are the colourful lamps, torches, diyas
, candles and other Diwali decorations.
This year ‘Bazi Bazaar – 2014, ‘ as it has been named, has been operating at the following places from October 17, to continue till October 23.
1. Sahid Minar Maidan (Maidan PS area)
2. Behala Blind School Ground (Behala PS area)
3. Kishore Bharati Stadium (Survey Park PS area)
4. Tala Park Circus Maidan (Tala PS area)Enjoy, but with care
Firecrackers come in different varieties from the delightfully visual ones to the ear-deafening noisy ones. Traditionally, homes are illuminated for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity. Another possible reason, and a more scientific one, for lighting firecrackers is that the fumes produced by them kill insects and mosquitoes found aplenty after the rains.
But keeping in mind Diwali is a festival of light and not noise, Kolkata Police Commission has released a list of firecrackers banned this year to make the city pollution-free and a safer place to celebrate.
Watch this video coverage of the 2013 'Bazi Bazaar' at Shahid Minar