5 Festival Celebration Ideas To Try During Social Distancing
If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s that nothing is like it used to be. Especially the festive season. Just like all other aspects of our life, we are finding different and innovate ways to celebrate festivals in the current scenario. While it may be our first time planning a virtual celebra-tion, that should not stop us from adapting to the present situation and starting new traditions.
To make sure your 2020 festive season is as joyful and memorable as the previous ones, we have put together a list of 5 festival celebration ideas to try during social distancing.
1. Video Call Family Gathering
The beauty of any festival is meeting, greeting, and spending time with family and friends. For many, this year, that may not be possible. With a limited number of people allowed in a private gathering, it may not be possible and advisable to have all your loved ones under the same roof. But don’t let that diminish your festive spirit. Thanks to modern technology, you can now plan a virtual celebration with your family. Get your immediate and extended family together on a video call and catch up with them while relishing some mithai.
2. Online Games
Games are an integral part of festivals. Just because you can’t play them in person, doesn’t mean you can’t play them at all. Plan a virtual game session. Depending on your preference, it can be a card game, a dice game, a board game or even antakshari/karaoke. Send out an invite and reminder for the virtual event, and let the festive games begin. This way, you get to make the most of your social distancing celebration without missing out on a fun, festive activity.
3. Make Your Own Decorations
Haven’t gotten a chance to update your festive decoration? You are not alone. Many of us have avoided shopping for the same in crowded markets. If you are wondering how to make the celebration festive without decoration, worry not. What you can’t buy, you make! Create your own decorations by either DIYing your old ones or making new ones. Turn this into a family activity and get everyone at home involved in it and make your own decorations with whatever is availa-ble. Look for inspirations and ideas on Pinterest and YouTube and pick those that will get you ex-cited to create things with your own hands. Who knows, you may enjoy this and want to make it a part of your festival planning.
4. Virtual Gift
What is a festive season without gifts? As much as we love giving and receiving gifts, this year most of us may not be able to do the same in person. Just like virtual events and celebrations, this year most of our gifting will be virtual too. Get online, start shopping, and have the gift shipped to your loved ones home. And if you have had the gift custom made, then have it couriered. There is always a way to make sure your family and friends receive your gift. While you may miss seeing the twinkle in your loved one’s eyes when they open the gift, at least you know you made their festi-val celebration more special by sending the gift.
5. Long Distance Daawat
No festival is complete without its special culinary delicacy. And the joy of any festival is sharing a sumptuous meal with loved ones. However, unlike before we can’t throw a lavish celebration and invite everyone we want. That doesn’t mean you can’t share a meal. Organize a long-distance daawat with family and friends and send your special dish to their house and let them do the same. If you want to try a new dish order for yourself and your family and friends. And when it is time to eat, connect through video call and virtually enjoy the meal together. This way, you get to relish and share your favourite festive dishes along with family and friends and at the same time, follow all the necessary social distancing procedures and safety protocols.
Festival Safety Tips
Before you head out, we have you sorted with a few safety tips.
- Refrain from using alcohol-based hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles. Since sanitizers are inflammable, they can cause fire hazards, so be extra careful.
- Try to limit the number of people visiting your house at one time, especially if you have older adults living with you. You can share the same connect and love through virtual meets online.
- Burn as fewer crackers as possible, as smoke can trigger serious health concerns. This is mostly a danger now since COVID-19 is still active and existing chemical vapors may ag-gravate the situation.
- Carry a bottle of water to clean your hands as they are much safer than sanitizer in the current situation
- Greet people with a namaste instead of a hug – let’s not ignore social distancing.
- Keep your mask handy, especially if you are planning to step outside. Small steps can help you avoid the dangers of COVID that are still present.
- Don’t eat outside – if you have to order food home instead. Better still? Cook together with your family members and make this festival genuinely memorable.