Ideas to Celebrate Festivals Safely Amid COVID-19 Pandemic?
Sorry, but the festive season is going to be slightly different this year. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, everything has changed to some extent. However, it’s an individual choice to accept these changes that may vary from the way we meet, greet, and celebrate the festivals.
Now, when all have learned to live with the pandemic, we will have to accept that knocking at someone’s door with a bunch of neighborhood kids would no longer be a safe part of our festivals.
But, these festivals cannot be either canceled or extended. So, we will either have to find a different way to celebrate the festivals without hampering the joy they accompanied. Or, use COVID-19 as an excuse to avoid gatherings in a big group. After all, that’s all you can do in today’s scenario.
If you’ve already made your mind up for the celebration, you can make this festive season even more special without hampering the public safety. Here’re some simple ways to celebrate festivals safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Continue With the Traditions You Can Do Safely
So, it’s absolutely easy to focus on what you can do right now instead of puzzling with what you cannot. Talk about the upcoming Indian festivals ‒ Deepawali is right on the head of the much-celebrated festival of India. People gather & celebrate this festival of light with joy. But, this year when the darkness of the coronavirus has embraced the world, it would be a little change in the way we were celebrating Deepawali.
So, how to celebrate Diwali amid the pandemic? Let’s continue with the painting and decoration. As people have been dusting, washing, and decorating their homes every year on the occasion of Deepawali, this trend will continue amid the covid-19 pandemic as well. Though you may not like to visit someone’s home this year, you can send cards, chocolate boxes, and sweets to family & friends. (Don’t forget the dry fruits because people need it most amid the pandemic)
And, get yourself engaged in various pre-festival activities to stay exciting and positive.
2. Enjoy Pandemic-inspired Festival Events
While we are desperately waiting for the moment this social distancing will be lifted up completely, we have to admit that people have become so creative amid pandemic than ever before. Even the government is running happiness programs to entertain people when the world’s ¼ population is locked at homes.
The festivals are not expected to be celebrated normally nor do they’ve any regulation. You can celebrate uniquely, the way you love, and feel safe. You can be a part of covid-friendly events organized to maintain happiness and joy among the citizens.
If you’ve kids along with you, better celebrate your festivals in different states of India. The Deepawali celebration in Ayodhya is pretty famous around the world. So, you can plan your journey.
To be honest, it is the best way to celebrate a festival safely amid the covid-19 pandemic.
3. Learn from Other Celebrations
Celebrating Diwali was all about shopping, distributing sweets, and lighting the fireworks together. However, the same would no longer continue this year. Well, this is going to be the toughest year for kids and so for the parents.
Though, you can borrow some exciting ideas for celebration from other functions such as Christmas. While you cannot visit your relatives nor can they reach you, it would be better to spend time with your kids and help them celebrate the festival of light as you were doing in your childhood.
However, lighting up the home and igniting sky shots to kiss the dark sky is all that the kids love, you can mold them in a different way. You can also take an idea from valentine’s day to send sweets and chocolate via courier.
4. Let’s do the Zoom Thing
One thing that is actually favoring and connecting us amid the pandemic is the virtual gathering. It has made us live a little normal life. Though, it aches to know that things cannot continue virtually forever. However, it can cover up the joy to some extent.
If you are missing someone living away from you, it’s better to make a zoom call. And, these days when the pandemic has changed the way people used to meet & celebrate festivals, it would be an initiative to celebrate festivals virtually. Though, kids won’t find it interesting to send sweet boxes and firework stickers on Skype.
This Diwali, you can make a video call, send wishes, and open the gifts you’ve sent via courier. People in the west will be celebrating Thanksgiving, Halloween, Black Friday, and Christmas virtually.
If you’re worried about not meeting your beloved, fret not. To “see” them, you just need to make a call.
5. Prepare All the Treats and Celebrate Whenever You Can
I cannot say anything about you, but the best part for me about a festival is the treat. The traditional food and sweets prepared at home preserve the real happiness & joy of the festivals. But, Diwali is slightly different because it accompanies 3 other festivals that are perhaps the best with their food.
We usually have ‘Choti Diwali’, ‘Bari Diwali’, ‘Govardhan’, and ‘Bhai Dooj’ ‒ while there won’t be any mass gathering on either of these occasions, we would suggest you make all the treats and celebrate everything that you can do.
Change the toppings and replace the game with something spicy. Though, there are different dishes to be prepared on the occasion of Diwali in different states of India. Well, this is where the real flavor of India lies.
These are some easy ideas to celebrate festivals safely amid the covid-19 pandemic. So, if you love, let us know and we will love doing more like this.