Diwali Celebration in Lockdown
By Riya Sharma, Class 5 A, Happy Model School, Janakpuri , New Delhi
Diwali is a festival of lights and the most widely celebrated Hindu Festival which falls in the month of Kartika. It is often associated with Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is symbolic of the victory of good over evil as it is associated mythologically with Lord Rama defeating Ravana and coming back victorious to Ayodhya. The kingdom lit up to welcome him back and mark the victory of light over darkness.
Diwali 2020 will be celebrated on November 14th and the excitement is buzzing around the markets in India. Homes gear up by cleaning, making rangolis, lighting lamps and diyas and the celebrations are unmatchable. Notwithstanding the COVID -19 induced lockdown, Diwali can still be celebrated with equal fun and joy during the pandemic. 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 vigor looks far-fetched
Don’t let the pandemic dampen your festive mood. 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. 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! Decorate your home with fairy lights and diyas. You can also look into some DIY crafts to make origami lanterns, diyas and more. Dear friends involve with your parents you and let them offer you a hand while you dish out some delicious Diwali delicacies. Riya Sharma