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Celebrations and festivals resuscitate and strengthen social and family bonds. Fellowship with friends and family members ingrains a feeling of brotherhood, reinforces individual bonds and causes us to assemble an emotionally supportive network forever. The mood during celebrations and the customs or practices of each shift starting with one celebration then onto the next and changes it up, making satisfaction in the midst of the surge of everyday life. Holidays, celebrations, festivals give time to everybody to unwind and take truly necessary breaks. But unfortunately, here we are in 2020 — a year so troubling and isolated as no other that any of us has ever experienced or even envisioned. The pandemic and the resultant lockdown have denied us of these basic delights also. From minuscule toddlers to older, everybody has had their schedules go topsy turvy. Nevertheless, not all is lost so far. If you make a little struggle, you can celebrate festivals in a creative way, without compromising on the festivities. Here are 6 modest yet effective ways to celebrate festivities in this lockdown!
The essence of any festival is felt the most when we come together as a family, society and nation to celebrate it together. But with social distancing having become a rule, how do we celebrate and guard ourselves at the same time? Subsequently people have not been able to visit their loved ones with as much ease as before, video calling to connect with loved ones who are far away is becoming the new normal. And festival celebrations will be no different in this sense as we will see more and more people use technology this year to celebrate the festivities with loved ones. By practicing social distancing, we will keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Festivals are synonymous with gifts and this year we will see addition of objects to the gifting list that will help make the lives of our loved ones calmer and safer in the new normal (pandemic). Apart from the usual celebrations, you can make it a safer celebration for your family by giving them objects such as face masks, air purifiers, immunity boosting foods, sanitising items etc
Since the commencement of the pandemic people have been looking at solutions to advance their immunity. From going by age old immunity boosting foods (kadhas) to looking at modern over the counter supplements, there has certainly been a surge in foods that will make us resilient to catching the virus. Also, you can try gifting/consuming mithai that has immunity boosting ingredients such as dry fruits, herbs etc. to advance one’s immunity instead of the traditional mithai.
It has been a year of cleaning since the spread of the COVID infection. Since contacting surfaces builds the odds of getting the infection, continually cleaning surfaces has normally become a mandate. Thus, with the safeguards that should be taken with the pandemic this year, we should up our cleaning game to guarantee that the house stays safe from infection
Celebrations are likewise a period that we thank the almighty for all the gifts and blessings and request that he keep showering the same on us. The pandemic has forcibly caused us to understand the value of those things that we may have underestimated. Having an optimistic mindset probably won't help us directly with fighting the pandemic, but will spread joy and improve our psychological prosperity.
Usually, celebrations are the occasions when you clean your home and give it a makeover with new blinds, paint, style, and so forth. Swapping the old stuff with new things is an implied custom that the vast majority follow while preparing for the celebration. Celebrations are the ideal opportunity to illuminate somebody's life. What's more, it is likewise when the vast majority clean every alcove and crevice of their homes, just to find that they have numerous underused items in great condition. This year (lockdown), how about reusing your old things instead of spending for them? If you are an innovative soul, you can reuse your stuff, give them another look, and keep on utilizing them in a fresh out of the plastic new look and structure. And if you want to get rid of your old things, don't discard them. Or maybe, give them to somebody destitute. All these might sound like modest actions and thoughts with no instant outcomes, but trust us; little drops of water certainly make the huge ocean.
Festival celebrations signify the victory of good over evil. In reflection, it seems as though this year has been nothing short of a year of achievements, a year where we didn’t allow the consequences of the pandemic to crush our feelings. It has been a year that facilitated us to discover our fortes as a society. As we celebrate joyous festivals this year, it is important to undertake precaution due to the spread of the pandemic however let it not dampen the festival spirit.
The failure of cheer and festivities is indeed cause for frustration in this lockdown. Yet as sensible humans, we should not let it take over our minds. We are passing through unprecedented times of suffering and agony, a situation which even our ancestors had not seen.
We have come a long way through these seven months of lockdown. This disappointment of the festivals is yet another bridge that must be traversed. Let us sacrifice huge celebrations this one year and observe festivals in a simple manner. We must believe and hope that we will come out stronger and successful in the fight against COVID-19!
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