Christian leader says no to Christmas firecrackers

Christian leader says no to Christmas firecrackers

7:56 PM, October 29, 2018

India (Maharashtra):Permitting the use of fire crackers on Christmas Eve is absolutely unnecessary,” says Abraham Mathai.

Children playing with fireworks in Delhi (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

 A Christian leader in Mumbai has asked not to burst firecrackers during Christmas despite a Supreme Court verdict last week permitting it for two hours on the eve of the merriment.
Abraham Mathai, president of the Indian Christian Voice and former vice chairman of Maharashtra Minorities Commission in a statement said fire crackers are not part of traditional Christmas celebration and environment protection should become a priority.
While Christian respect the sentiments of the Supreme Court, “we feel that there should be no exception in instances like this since environment protection is the need of the hour and we stand wholeheartedly with the apex court’s earlier rulings as well that highlight the need to protect the environment and India’s resources,” said Mathai.

He said permitting the use of fire crackers on Christmas Eve is “absolutely unnecessary as Christmas is the celebration of peace and joy and the community does not require the use of fire crackers as it is not at all a religious requirement.”

New Year is celebrated globally with firecrackers, “which isn’t the case during Christmas, “said Mathai.

The Supreme Court last week refused to impose a nationwide blanket ban on firecrackers and permitted the sale and manufacture of low emission “green” alternatives.

It also fixed a two-hour time period between 8 pm and 10 pm for bursting crackers on Diwali and a 35-minute window between 11:55 pm and 12:30 am for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“As responsible community, Christians all over India, stand for the protection of the environment and we want to ensure that our environment is free from such pollution during our festival celebrations,” Mathai’s statement.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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