Sikkim to celebrate noise-free Diwali
Sikkim will celebrate a noise-free Diwali this year also with the people deciding to refrain from fireworks in line with the State Government order banning production, sale and bursting of all firecrackers. Citing pollution and environment-related concerns, the government issued a notification in December 2014, prohibiting manufacture, sale and bursting of any sound and light illuminating crackers in Sikkim. The first festival of lights after the ban was preceded by a high-pitched campaign for noise-free celebrations. The government’s call for a noise-free Diwali was successful in the last two years as it was followed by the people.