Here's How You Can Celebrate Diwali During COVID-19 Pandemic

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It is that time of the year again when colourful lanterns light up the night sky and diyas and sweets fill up our homes. Every year, Diwali, festival of lights, is one of the most awaited celebrations in India where people come together to celebrate triumph of light over darkness – there is a sense of joy and bonding over crackers, delicious Diwali spread, games and so much more.

But, this year, the enthusiasm in the air feels a little different; with the pandemic taking our lives under its control, celebrating the festival of lights with same vigour looks far-fetched. Having said that, can the spirit of celebrating a prosperous Diwali ward-off evil from the air? Is it time, we win over darkness, once again?

Well, we will have to wait and see, but for now, we bring you a few ways on how to celebrate a safe Diwali this year. Don’t let the pandemic dampen your festive mood.

This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 14, though, the preparations for Diwali has already started for many. Deep cleaning of the house, repainting, and decluttering works have begun in parts.   

How To Celebrate Safe Diwali In Your Society

In these Covid-19 times, the word, ‘safe’, doesn’t only imply to crackers but also suggests protecting oneself from catching the virus.Even though many of us are sceptical about going all out and immerse in the Diwali celebration with others because of COVID-19, there will still be some people, who wouldn’t care less to come together and burn a few crackers. Thus, it is wise to be prepared well in advance. You don’t necessarily have to burst crackers to feel the festival. Lay your plans and make this Diwali special like every year. Here’s what you can consider:

Staying indoors: 

  • Even though stepping out to celebrate the festival with your neighbours is tempting, staying indoors makes up for a wise decision. There is a good chance of people brushing against each other or coming in close contact while in full swing of the celebration.
  • You can have equal fun staying indoors and celebrate the festival with family – make rangoli together, plan out an extensive Diwali dinner menu, and involve a list of interesting activities and games such as antakshri, playing cards, tambola or dumb charades, that you can play with your family. Memorable conversations, great food and games can never dampen your festive spirit. Try it!
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  • Decorate your home with fairy lights and diyas. You can also look into some DIY crafts to make origami lanterns, diyas and more.
  • Involve you kids and let them offer you a hand while you dish out some delicious Diwali delicacies.
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  • You can even try out the Home Chef feature on NoBrokerHood if you are in a mood to eat something different but don’t want to use an online food app. Your neighbours will be happy to cook up a storm for the festive season.
  • Soaking in the spirit of the new normal, catch up with your long-distance friend through a video call. Send them your gratitude and let them know you are thinking about them.

Maintaining social distancing:

  • If for some reason, you decide to step out of your apartment, consider maintaining social distancing norms more seriously. Make sure others too are adhering to the norms.
  • Strictly follow your resident apartment’s safety rules to follow during the celebration.
  • Always wear a mask mandatorily and make sure others around you too are following suit.
  • Avoid handshakes and hugs and limit yourself to just ‘namaste’ to greet others.
  • Avoid large gatherings while performing your apartment society’s puja.
  • Try to not stay outdoors for long.

If you have kids at home:

Especially, if you have a new-born, make sure to cover his/her ears with earmuffs that will help block the loud noise. Blackout curtains work best to block any bright lights from crackers. Diwali for kids can be made interesting and engaging with fun diwali activities such as diya decoration, ladoo making, play dough rangoli making and so on.

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If you have elderly people at home:

The best way to protect them from the loud noise is to use ear plugs. It is also advisable to keep them indoors to reduce their exposer to the toxic fumes of the firecracker. Celebrating diwali during COVID-19 and following the whole new normal can be quite overwhelming for them, make it special, give them all the loved – spend time with them. The idea of a family time can never go wrong.      

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If you have pets at home:

Diwali is a particularly difficult time for pets and other animals. Dogs, especially, have much more sensitive hearing than us and they can hear sound louder than humans. Naturally, the intermittent sound of bursting crackers become a cause of discomfort for your furry pal. It is important that they are kept engaged and distracted from all the chaos. Feed them well and exercise them before they can settle down wherever they are comfortable – under the bed or in a room’s corner. If your pet behaves anxious or scared, use earmuffs, shut the windows, and draw the curtain to comfort them. Playing soothing, low-pitched music can help your pet ease out. 

This year, Diwali celebrations might not take place the same way as it does every year. It might perhaps be low-key or might be a silent celebration with no crackers hurting your ears, but don’t let that ruin your celebratory mood. In fact, take it as an opportunity to be around family and enjoy some quiet moments.

Comment below and tell us how you are planning to celebrate Diwali this year. You can also visit www.nobrokerhood.com to see how you can use various features like Notice Board, Chats and Forum to keep yourself updated about your society’s Diwali plans.

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