October, 2016: Celebrations if done responsibly can double up the joy of any festival. To promote responsible celebrations, this Diwali city’s favorite lifestyle destination, DLF Place, Saket came up with an initiative of ‘let’s light up hearts, not firecrackers’. This initiative aimed at sensitizing children about the hazards caused by crackers via various interesting activities in a two day event from 22nd October to 23rd October, 2016 at the mall precincts.

Diwali is a festival of lights; however in the past few years it has lost its essence and has turned into a festival where crackers are burned. Not only burning crackers causes wastage of money, but also leads to increase in the pollution levels in the existing polluted city of Delhi. So, to promote cracker-free Diwali, a life-size installation artwork was made by children where messages were written by the children based on the theme, ‘Say No to Crackers’ on Saturday, 22nd October, 2016. The first day of the session, witnessed some ice-breaking games based on the theme of the initiative. In addition to this, a skit on ‘Child Labour and the dangers underprivileged children go through’ was also performed. Fun activities like cracker craft, laddoo making, Diwali sweets decoration and Diya painting were also organized for children.

The second day of the session, witnessed a small skit on ‘Pollution caused by firecrackers’ on Sunday, 23rd October 2016. Other activities at the mall included Diwali games, paper lantern making session, poster making activity on the theme ‘No Dhamaka, No Pataka’ and a ‘Life Size Rangoli’ making activity. Musicians marched around the mall along with children and adults holding posters and slogans to extend awareness about responsible Diwali celebrations.

DLF Place, Saket is the most preferred lifestyle destination in the city where one can shop and enjoy with their friends and family under a single roof and with these engaging performances it has become truly a place to be in!