Diwali and fireworks go hand in hand with each other. It is one of the most fun things most people look forward to during the festival, apart from sweets and new dresses, of course! But the environmental impact of these fireworks has been debated for many years now. Smoke and sound pollution caused due to the bursting of firecrackers is not only harmful to humans but the environment as well. How can we celebrate Diwali without fireworks? Is that even possible?

The answer is yes. Growing concern over the environmental impacts when celebrating festivals like Diwali, Holi, and Ganesh Chaturthi has led to people finding eco-friendly yet fun ways to celebrate these festivals. Here are some eco-friendly alternatives for firecrackers.

Sky lanterns

Also commonly known as the Chinese lantern, sky lanterns are one of the most beautiful alternatives to fireworks at night. They are small hot air balloons made of paper. They cause less smoke and last longer than any firework. They create a beautiful sight to watch with family and friends during Diwali nights. Gather some company and launch many lanterns into the sky! It will be a view to remember.

Fairy lights

Diwali not only means lighting up the sky but also lighting up our homes. Light-emitting diode (LED) fairy lights come in various lengths and can cover your entire house if needed. They are considered eco-friendly due to their low electricity consumption. Tiny and cute, LED fairy lights will give a festive feel during Diwali, even without fireworks.

Balloon firecrackers

But what about loud crackers?! You may wonder. Well, balloon crackers appear to be one of the best fun alternatives to bursting firecrackers. It causes less mess, is easy to clean up, and does not cause smoke pollution. 

However, we have to be careful when cleaning up afterward since the rubber, latex, and nylon used in creating balloons are a choking hazard for children and animals. It is important to find non-harmful firecracker alternatives too.

LED light shows

One of the fun alternatives to bursting firecrackers is LED light shows. With your favorite music on, you can design LED light shows to dance to any tune. Make a fun Diwali night out of it. Create a playlist and enjoy the festival of lights with music too!


Bursting crackers can be fun for humans but not for animals. Dogs particularly suffer tremendous pain in their ears during Diwali. Their ears can pick up even the slightest of sounds and are very sensitive to the noise pollution caused by firecrackers. Avoiding firecrackers and volunteering to help animals during Diwali is one of the greatest gifts you can give the environment.

Try out these eco-friendly alternatives for firecrackers and have a safe Diwali this year!