India is a secular country known for its rich cultural heritage and for a bouquet of festivals that add colour to our country. In our country festivals are all about family and social gatherings, enjoying holidays and relishing sweets. Festivals are meant to be special occasions where people flock together and celebrate them with all the vigour and enthusiasm.
With the current COVID 19 outbreak across the world, our social life has come to a stand still. Abiding to social distancing norms has become the new normal. With so many restrictions and norms, it has become almost impossible to celebrate the festivals the way we used to do.
With Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja festival landing in the middle of global pandemic, people still need to balance their physical and mental health along with professional and personal life and safety while still observing these religious holidays. The threat of an infectious environment poses distinctive challenges.
This may be the first time in your life when you are celebrating the festival strictly with your immediate family members within your own premises.
Tips to ensure safety of your family and society :
People have this question, “How is it still possible to maintain social distance while following your tradition and faith?” So to answer that, health care staff and government are encouraging people to take advantage of alternatives to mass gatherings or social gatherings as social distancing is most important, such as:
1. Stay connected with family and friends and celebrate the holidays over online video.
2. Virtual and online worship services offered by various platforms.
3. Cook traditional cuisines at home and share photos and videos via social media with friends and family.
Social communication while maintaining social distancing can help to get rid of or reduce these negative vibes. Video chat with family and friends via online platforms or apps can ease the negativity and reduce the stress. Apart from festivals, even a small birthday party within the family can help to reduce the stress and bring happiness. It’s important to find people in your life who can be a source of support during this pandemic time.Also indulge into creative activities with your family members and narrate stories to your kids about these festivals to add the charm.
Have a safe and enthusiastic festival. Spread light and positivity, your positivity can bring blessing to someone and believe me you will have your hands full too.
Stay Festive, Stay Positive.
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