Bad Weather Continues Playing Spoilsport On Diwali Celebration

**Bhubaneswar: ** While Diwali or Deepavali (Festival of Lights) is marked with bursting of crackers as a part and parcel of our age-old Indian cultural tradition, inclement weather condition since Wednesday and the weather forecast predicting heavy rainfall has further added to the woes of revellers.

Regional Meteriological Centre director Sarat Sahu informed media on Thursday (Diwali Day), “The depression formed over Bay of Bengal will cross Odisha’s Chandbali and Puri by this night or tomorrow morning and thus its impact will lash heavy to heavy rainfall over some parts of coastal Odisha. In the next 3-4 hours, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Kendrapada, Khurda, Cuttack districts are likely to experience heavy to heavy rainfall.”

“Interior Odisha will also experience rains and there too some parts will be lashed by heavy rainfall. Whole Odisha will be under the spell of rains,” he predicted adding, “coatal belt will experience gusty wind 45-55 kmph and that may go up to 65 kmph. Sea will remain rough to very rough. Hence, fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea for fishing. Our four ports have also been instructed to hoist Signal Warning No 3.”

In her reactions, a city girl Payal Pradhan said, “Diwali is mostly an Indian culture. So obviously crackers play a major role. But this time we’ve decided to desist from crackers for saving our environment from pollution. Let’s focus on bringing a change in our India. Besides, this time due to the low pressure, selling of crackers has gone low drastically. This has further dampened the people’s Diwali celebration enthusiasm.”

Expressing his views, a city youth Manas Sahoo said, “The price of crackers is rising from year to year. However, some crackers we purchase for the sake of keeping alive our tradition. Despite this inclement weather condition, we’ll buy a few crckers that our pockets could afford for and enjoy to the most with our family members.”

Another denizen of this smart city Debasis Mahapatra said, “Since rain is an unexpected natural phenomenon, we’re undone. But, Diwali is being celebrated as it used to be previously. However, if it rains in the evening hours, the expected enjoyment may get hampered. Today I’ve come here to purchase those kinds of crackers meant for the kids.”

Cracker vendor Manas Kumar Sahu rued, “Due to rain, business has been hit hard. We’re even unable to get back our capital investment, let alone making a profit. In comparison to yesterday, today nil. If the weather situation improves so far so good or else pack up and back at home. The cracker explosion mishaps at Rourkela and other places in Odisha have also scared people and desisted them from bursting crackers.”