Is there any scientific reason behind the tradition of Deepavali fireworks?
Yes. There is. Before delving into it, let’s first examine the condition of water bodies throughout the year. As all of us might have noticed, there would hardly be any stagnant water during summer. Thanks to the intensive summer heat & high temperature, any small body of stagnant water evaporates quickly.
Next, we have the rainy season. Since rains inundate almost every part of the topography, stagnant water during rainy season would be rare. Due to incessant rains for weeks, the water would always be in circulation or free flow, and never get a chance to stagnate.
Now, consider the transition from rainy to winter season which occurs at around October-November. This is the time when the water accumulated in trenches & shallow topography zones, start getting stagnated. Unlike the high temperature of summer heat, the low temperature of cold winter do not evaporate these stagnant water bodies easily. Hence, they end up becoming breeding ground for insects, especially mosquitoes, which then leads to spread of contaminable diseases.
This seasonal cycle is not something which started just a few decades ago but have been going on forever since time immemorial. i.e Seasons like Summer, Rainy, Winter, etc have been going on for centuries, since time immemorial. Since Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world (acknowledged by even the most eminent historians), it was but natural for the Hindus of ancient times to tackle this insect/mosquito menace emanating from stagnant water.
The Hindus, who were already experts in the Sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda, thousands of years ago itself, had all the relevant knowledge back then, to come up with a solution, which could actually be carried out as a fun-filled tradition so that it could be sustained & passed on across generations. From the previous discussions, we had come across evidences which prove that ancient India knew of saltpetre.
With the knowledge of saltpetre, one of the simplest ways of using it to destroy such insects, was to use them in tiny explosives or sparklers, which could release Potassium-Nitrate, which in turn could destroy germs & hence curb dangerous insects. In fact, even today, saltpetre is used as basic ingredient in home-remedy-kits to prepare mosquito-repellents.
Thus it can be deduced that, the Hindus, thousands of years ago, came up with such simple yet effective solution of destroying harmful disease-borne-insects & germs, by simply exploding firecrackers (or lighting up as sparklers), in which saltpetre was the basic ingredient, thereby keeping water-borne & contaminable diseases at bay.
This reasoning has been established by scientific community as well, including health research scientists & doctors. For example, in 2003, when Delhi was reeling under Dengue, the city corporation’s senior health officials & doctors had requested the Delhi Govt to allow people to follow their traditional custom of firecrackers, so that it could curb the mosquito menace, and in turn automatically tackle Dengue problem in Delhi.
The following news report from 2003 sheds more light into the health officers’ reasoning.
Few years later, in 2006, when Dengue menace was again on the rise in Delhi, scentists & health officers had actually advised people to fire up crackers & light sparklers to put an end to the mosquito menace, as reported in the following news article. This backing from the scientific community gives further fillip to the scientific basis of tradition
Recently, few scientists had even patented the technique of using fireworks to curb mosquitoes.
Following is a snapshot of the patent abstract.
Well Hindus were the one to live the most scientific lifestyle all around the world. But nowadays in the name of Woke everything has come to choke……!
Yeh Diwali Prabhu Ram Wali ……….! Happy Diwali to all from Therightmag team ❤Burst as many as Firecrackers you can and enjoy the Diwali in our Traditional way