Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
Diwali also known as Deepavali is one of the most popular festivals celebrated with great pomp and grandeur across India as well as several parts of the world. But the celebrations will be toned down this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
2020 is the year of transformation and every festival is now being celebrated in a whole different way starting from immunity boosting Mithai lacing our thalis, buffet dinners being given away to self-service quite a lot have changed.
So naturally, even Diwali 2020 will be quite different. With many states going cracker free this year we can expect virtual Celebrations and small safe gatherings.
With safety being on everyone’s top priority list, we are geared up to celebrate Diwali differently. So We have gone ahead and made a list of things we can’t help missing these five annual Diwali activities like crazy this year.
- Bursting Crackers With our Loved Ones.
There was a time when eco-friendly meant ditching plastic and planting more trees. Celebrating Diwali was incomplete without crackers. But this year for most of us bursting crackers with our beloved ones might only remain a fond memory. After all, this year must give safety and health our top priority. Many states have also banned crackers and encouraged green crackers to avoid Covid Complications as bursting crackers polluting the air might cause more health issues among the people suffering from Covid-19.
2. Visiting Relatives To Personally Drop Diwali Gifts.
One of the most important aspects of the festival is exchanging gifts. You may be doing it even this year but this time it’s different cause most of the people are sending these gifts through delivery agencies o through their help making sure it’s contactless. Giving our loved ones a warm hug and treating them to a homemade Mithai is one activity we will surely miss this year. Due to the pandemic, it’s advisable to maintain social distancing so we can probably expect video calling our families and families this year.
3. Attending Card Parties With our Loved Ones without any fear of the Virus.
Card Parties are also mandatory activities in Diwali. For all those of you who are pretty familiar with this annual get-together, you guys will relate to the sentiment. Filled with boisterous laughs, pleasant memories, booze to give you a happy high, delicious food, and a competitive spirit card party are many things at the same time. And this year many people have to give it a miss to maintain social distancing and the festival almost feel incomplete without the same.
4. Office Parties, Ethnic Wear and Rangoli Competitions.
Every Celebration doubles when you part with your colleagues at work. This year most people will miss wearing ethnic clothes, taking part in Rangoli Competitions, and playing amazing games with their colleagues at work. This year we might not have our Diwali office Parties and Celebrations but do expect Virtual calls and wishes from your colleagues.
5. Diwali Shopping At Crowded Markets.
Diwali calls for renovating, shopping, and redecorating. Shopping for sparkly ethnic clothes, new showpieces, furniture, diyas, and accessories from crowded bazaars is a super fun experience and a mandatory Diwali activity. But this year, the streets and bazaars will be secluded. Bazaars are not happening at all because of the pandemic situation. We will miss the vibrant Diwali shopping this year.