Here’s how you can bring in the festival of lights amid the pandemic.

Diwali, or Deepawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. Probably by now, we all must have planned how actually we are going to celebrate this festival of lights this year. But let’s not forget the fact that this Diwali of course is going to be very different from our perception of the festivals. We will celebrate this Diwali amid a pandemic that has literally taken over the world.

But instead of weeping over what we cannot do this Diwali, why not use this year to adopt new ways and create new festive rituals to celebrate a safe and socially-distanced Diwali. Here’s a list of ideas that you can use in order to make Diwali 2020 exciting and make beautiful memories.

1. Organise a food swap

Diwali is all about food. The celebrations are incomplete without indulging your sweet tooth in traditional Indian sweets. While, you cannot actually visit your best friend’s place to eat the tasty mithais this year, but you can organise a food swap with them. You can also include your neighbours as nothing says ‘Happy Diwali’ better than a gift of homemade dishes and sweets.

Let Diwali 2020 be as fun and exuberant as all the other Diwalis by bringing in the festival together with balcony-to balcony interactions with your neighbours and friends.

2. Get dressy this Diwali

Diwali is a time when everyone looks their best. Numerous online shopping sites are rolling out amazing pre-Diwali offers. You can search from thousands of options and pick up gorgeous ethnic wear of your choice to give yourself a make-over this Diwali. It’s very natural that when you look good, you automatically feel good.

Dressing up on Diwali gives you a chance to great a nice feed on Instagram. Therefore, get dressy this Diwali, and don’t forget to create your Instagram stories.

3. Go digital: Throw a virtual party

Aren’t you tired of attending zoom calls related to your work? Let’s make good use of zoom for fun by organising your Diwali party and inviting your family members and friends whom you are unable to meet this Diwali because of COVID. Festivity is all about togetherness and strengthening bonds.

People staying away from their family and loved ones are not able to travel due to COVID-19 led restrictions. This festive season, try and adjust to the new normal. You can even plan surprises for your loved ones like live music night on a video call or playing games digitally to make this Diwali memorable.

4. Decorate your home

Since Coronavirus has changed the way we use to live and work, we are now spending maximum of our time at home. Therefore, I believe that it is important to decorate your home in order to give yourself a new feel. Try decorating your house, trust me you will feel good.

Dress every corner of your house with an overload of flowers. You can also try DIY kits (Do it yourself) to ensure personal safety and can avoid going to the markets to buy things. Just because you can’t call over a crowd, doesn’t mean you should crimp the celebrations.

5. Parting thoughts

People from across the country have suffered from coronavirus infection. The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged many lives. We remember the fact that the virus has not disappeared yet, and therefore, it is our responsibility to maintain every precaution and directive issued by the government.

It’s important, we should celebrate this Diwali eliminating the risk of infection by staying home and practicing social distancing in all our activities.