Diwali Celebrations: 8 Ways to Safely Celebrate Diwali During COVID-19
Diwali, our favourite time of the year is just round the corner and we know that all of you are excited to celebrate it. And, why not? It is the festival of joy, fun, laughter, shopping, sweets, get-together, and food. There is an ample amount of excitement and happiness that comes around during this wonderful festival. Perhaps, there is no other festival celebrated with such enthusiasm and extreme gaiety.
However, Diwali 2020 celebrations might look a little different due to the ongoing pandemic. Safety remains paramount every year, but, this year “Safe Celebrations” does not just mean being safe around firecrackers but to the viral disease COVID-19 as well.
Don’t worry! We have planned something on your behalf so that you can keep up the fun ensuring the safety of yours and the entire community.
Let’s have a look at some of the many safer ways of celebrating this auspicious day!
Avoid Going Outside
Experts are predicting that Coronavirus cases might surge during Diwali as people come out of their house to meet each other. We know that you might be fed up with staying indoors but, this actually makes a wise decision for Diwali celebrations in times of Coronavirus.
Stay inside your house, avoid gatherings, and have low-key celebrations just with your family. Make rangolis, play cards, and eat healthy home-made delicacies together. This is a great chance to have the best family-time and have fun together like never before.
Facetime With Your Family
Celebrations are incomplete without our friends and family coming together to make it more special. Many of us are not traveling and staying away from our family to avoid any risk. However, as we are emphasizing more on safety and physical distancing, in-person meeting is not a safe option this year. But, as everything is unique this year, why can’t get-togethers’ be as well?
On that note, use your phone to call a friend, or family member and pretend like you are sitting next to them. Give your celebrations a virtual twist to make Diwali 2020 an unforgettable event!
Exchange Healthy Gifts
Diwali gift exchanging tradition is not new. Every year, we embark on this festival of lights by exchanging gifts with our relatives and friends to honor them and reinforce the sense of togetherness. This year, we have to think of a better option and surprise them with some healthy gifts that inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle.
This small gesture is sure to bring a smile to their face. Don’t shop sweets, artificial juices, chocolates, etc. from the market as they are loaded with sugar and harmful chemicals. Either make homemade delicacies or send something online from those brands serving healthy and natural products online.
Take Basic Protective Measures
Although you are taking every precaution to safeguard your health, there might be a possibility that others won’t. Maybe you are standing at your door and your neighbor suddenly comes up or any of your relatives visiting your place despite the limitations of Coronavirus.
We always say prevention is better than cure. Therefore, make sure you are wearing a mask, maintaining distance, and proper hygiene while meeting any outsider to reduce your chance of getting infected or spreading the germs. Limit yourself to “Namaste” rather than a hug or handshake. Stay safe by taking such simple steps.
Eat Home-Cooked Food
Diwali is a festival of lights and feasting as well. It is widely known for eating special sweets and mouth-watering savoury dishes. Considering the current circumstances, do not indulge in unhealthy readymade food from outside as it may affect the immunity level and cause discomfort in the stomach too.
Rather, eat home-made food and healthy alternatives to sweet and avoid weight gain or other health issues during the festival. If you can’t cook at home then order healthier food options online from such food chains that are delivering home-style chemical-free food at your doorstep.
Be Careful While Lighting Diyas
Lighting Diyas and candles are another important aspect of Diwali. This tradition is performed to get rid of darkness, bring light to the lives of people, and spread positivity. It has a charm and significance of its own. This year, it is important for reducing the darkness spread by the pandemic.
While performing this ritual in Diwali 2020, here are a few important things to keep in mind to avoid the risk of catching fire.
- Keep the sanitizer away from diyas or candles
- Avoid sanitizing your hands before lighting diyas
- Use soaps to wash your hands
- Make sure you are not keeping diyas where sanitizer sprays are kept
- Keep curtains, bedsheet, nylon, silk, polyester and other such material away as they catch fire easily
- Wash your hands if they smell like alcohol
- Keep kids and pets away from lights and diyas
Don’t Take Symptoms Lightly
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 then it is advised to isolate yourself and safeguard your health as well as that of your family. We know that is hard to resist and might be extremely tempting to step out of the room, but remember there is nothing above health at these unprecedented times.
Always be considerate not just to yourself but to your house help too. If they are not keeping well, give them a break for a few days and take your responsibility to do cleaning and other important tasks of the festive season. We need to take care of each other to flatten the curve of Coronavirus and stay safe.
Take Extra Care Of The Vulnerable
Kids and elders are the most vulnerable as their immunity is weaker. So, we got to be extra careful about keeping them safe as the festive week approaches. If you have kids at home, encourage them to avoid bursting firecrackers. Make them understand the consequences of air and noise pollution in society. Indulge them in household activities so that they remain occupied and have fun at the same time.
If you have elders at home, keep them indoors as the pollution and noise level is high during Diwali which may harm their ear and health of course. Be patient and show your love towards your parents or grandparent so that they stay protected.
This year has been a dampener for many celebrations but let’s not allow it to completely spoil our festive mood for the most awaited festival of the year. Just be a little responsible and adhere to necessary precautions to celebrate safely and without putting others at risk. Let’s keep up our spirits high and celebrate this Diwali keeping safety, security, hygiene, and social distancing in mind.
Our entire team wishes you a very Happy and Safe Diwali!
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