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By: Shivani Velaga
It's that time of the year again - Diwali, the festival of lights and joy. For a festival that is commonly associated with spending time with one’s friends and family, it doesn’t sound fun to think of doing anything but play with firecrackers on that auspicious day, right? Although it may appear so, in this tragedy-stricken year, we need to take everything with a grain of sugar - we need to look at the positive aspects of every situation.
Although our preferred way of celebrating Diwali is to burst firecrackers, there are other ways to celebrate Diwali, because the very core of the festival is to develop one’s bond with their family by spending time together.
To begin with, Diwali is one of the rare days in the year when all the family members genuinely put behind their work obligations and come together to celebrate. Take advantage of that! Having a small get together with your closest relatives is an ideal way to celebrate Diwali!
Diwali's first day, Dhanteras, is a day to commemorate the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Tracing miniature footprints in the house is a common way of expecting her arrival. Bring out your traditional roots and start drawing or crafting foot prints onto the ground as a pathway for the goddess with a sibling or your parents!
What better way to celebrate the festival of lights than with lights? Brighten up your house by decorating it with beautiful diyas and string lights. Since we can’t burst fireworks, we have a lot of extra time on hand, so why not put more consideration into giving something very special to our loved ones? A hand-made or personalised present, perhaps?
Diwali is marked by some quintessential dishes that are prepared specially for the festival. Help out your family members by cooking the dessert, or perhaps even surprise them with a feast! Because if we’re being honest, there’s nothing better than the aroma of fresh food on an auspicious day, right?
Above are just a few ways to celebrate Diwali at home during this less than favourable year. There are so many other ways to genuinely enjoy the festival at home with your family! We hope that you spend as much time as you can with your loved ones, and wish you a very happy Diwali!
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