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Silent Diwali

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Source: India Today

 Context: Seven villages in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu, celebrated Diwali without firecrackers to protect the avian population at a nearby bird sanctuary.

Over 900 families committed to a quieter celebration during the breeding season, recognizing the sensitivity of the period. For 22 years, these communities have opted for a conservation-minded approach to Diwali, limiting festivities to sparklers and new clothes for children.

Values shown by villagers are Environmental Ethics, Community Harmony, Sustainability, Peaceful Coexistence, etc.