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16 October 2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Well let me start off by saying that I am a Hindu and I celebrate diwali, but sometimes
we as hindu's get out of hand!  There are many dangerous things that can happen with
fireworks and it is not safe.  But one year, the government wanted to ban fireworks during
Diwali for the number of animals that were appearing at the SPCA and crow etc.... and how
unsafe it was to people.  But I personally think that they made a wrong choice, because
busting fireworks is our tradition.  And I don't think it would be very fair to us Hindu's
either.  People have had this tradition for many years and if it had to be stopped, people
(Hindu's)  would protest, because we don't stop other religions from carrying out their

I would like to hear your opinion on this topic.  
Angel 5

16 October 2009, 02:26 AM   #2
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how successful is the ban?

are there gov sponsored fireworks shows?

In the U.S., when the 4th of July (Independence Day) is celebrated in some areas they
prohibit fireworks, usuallly by prohibiting the sale of them. But people buy them out of
those areas so its hard to really regulate. In those areas though and in most areas, to
reduce that there would be so many individuals with fireworks and for other reasons
organizations and the governments have big shows for people.

Regarding your festival, i think that they should find a better way to protect the animals
including education of the people to be careful with their fireworks and not to harm the
animals without banning the fireworks generally. Or they should only permit certain types
of fireworks, sparklers and such which are less harmful to animals.

24 October 2009, 08:30 AM    #3
Joined: 9 Apr 2009
Posts: 13
Dear:  Oroborus21

The ban on fireworks is clearly not working, because Hindu's believe and celebrate this
day by spreading light with clay lamps and fireworks, but true some people do go overboard
with fireworks and that is when the government has to take charge.  
Yes, the government does SOMETIMES have firework shows to attract tourists and South
African residents. 

About allowing certain fireworks would cause major problems between people who have a BIG
Diwali celebration each year.  
So I think it's better that the government finds a suitable and non - violence way of
getting people to calm down and stay safe when using fireworks. 

Angel 5

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