It is the festive season in India and the markets are sprawling vibrantly preparing to welcome the most awaited and beloved festival- Diwali. It is a 5-day long celebration and is commencing on 12th November this year with the main day falling on 14th.
It is said that on this day, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana and it symbolises the victory of good over evil.
On Diwali, people also perform Lakshmi Puja and offer their devotion to the Goddess of Wealth.
As is evident, Diwali is one of the most significant festivals of Hindu religion and is celebrated grandly across the country.
Owing to the current pandemic situation, this year might however see a different Deepawali as compared to the previous ones.
Here is how you can enjoy the cheer while staying safe and protected.
Diwali is a festival of lights and as mentioned, it is associated with Goddess Lakshmi. Folklore has it that the deity only stays where there is cleanliness. Hence, every Diwali preparation starts with cleaning the house and discarding old and worn out items followed by decorating the place. Lamps are lit, series lights are hung and beautiful Rangolis are made to please the Goddess.
Which brings us to-
Remember those good old days when you and your siblings/cousins spent good time together designing and making Rangolis using the choicest of vibrant colours and making memories as you did so?
This is a wonderful opportunity to bring out the child in you and show-off your artistic skills!
What is a festival without exchanging gifts and goodies? Make a list of people who are near and dear to you and pick gifts and sweets for them. Tell them that in these difficult times, they are always in your thoughts and prayers.
So what if the pandemic is preventing people from physically coming together on a festive night? A lot of free applications are available on the internet so you can move the traditional “Diwali cards night” online!
Apart from the global outbreak of Coronavirus, this year also saw many natural disasters and casualties. It is about time we become sensitive to the damage we are doing to the planet which is resulting in alarming levels of rise in pollution and climate change. Let us not cause further harm and celebrate a crackers-free Diwali.
These are tough times for everyone and more so for people falling in low income groups who are struggling each day to win their bread and butter. While we are celebrating in full cheer, let us not leave them to suffer.
Purchase your décor items and diyas from street hawkers and local artisans. Donate to NGOs that work for their cause.
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