How to Celebrate Festivities At Home Without Venturing Out Too Much
Diwali is now knocking on the doors and like many other festivities this year; it will be celebrated amidst social distancing. This could put a damper on the festive community spirit as our festivals thrive on the togetherness and joy shared with loved ones while enjoying enthralling get-togethers. However, these may not be happening this year. Also, the usual temple visits and other religious rituals may also see a little lesser fervour. Does this mean we are going to have pallid Diwali festivities in 2020?
Not at all!
Social distancing in the 21st century has the benefits of video calling, instant messaging, and emails which allow everyone to stay in touch. That said, the value of meeting physically remains unmatched. Pramod Group believes in the old maxim that distance makes the heart grow fonder. We believe that this time apart tests your ties and relationships, ensuring your bonds come out stronger than before. While this is not a necessarily comforting thought during this pandemic, it also gives you something to look forward to when the panic is over, and the crisis abates.
Until then, here are some ways you can enjoy your festivities from your home while social distancing.
Virtual Rangoli Competition
Rangolis have always been an integral part of the Diwali festivities. With social distancing as our new reality, having competitions that we would otherwise have in-person can now happen online. A prime example is a rangoli competition. Make your rangoli at home and have a panel of rangoli-making professionals judge their creativity over a video call.
Add a twist to this game by having the men in the family compete for the most colourful, creative, and aesthetically-pleasing rangoli for extra humour and more fun! This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to festivities.
Good Neighbours Make Good Competition
Getting to know your neighbours through festivities is an excellent way of establishing a social circle and support system during social distancing. And what better way to do this than through food competitions? Invite them over and have some friendly competition which ends in delicious food for everyone to enjoy. Better yet, ask people who do not traditionally cook to try their hand at the stove this Diwali. Your spacious Pramod designer home in Delhi is meant for such gatherings, and you should take full advantage!
Children’s Play About the Festival of Lights
There is nothing quite like watching the children in the family put together a play. If you can meet your family, putting up a living room play is a great way to celebrate the festival. Dressing them up and letting them tell the story of Ram’s return to Ayodhya infuses the celebration with the spirit it deserves. This is especially poignant during the times we live in where the spirit is hard to find.
DIY Diwali Lanterns
The best part about this digital age is that everything is available online. With COVID-19, Amazon and other such delivery services began no-contact delivery as an integral part of their business. This ensures that when you order the beautiful paper for Diwali lanterns, you stay perfectly safe and do not have to leave your tailor-made Pramod Group house in Delhi. This is a great bonding opportunity, especially with your children. You can all make lanterns together and hang them up around the house in preparation for the festivities!
A Diya Treasure Hunt in the Apartment
Diyas make Diwali soft and radiant. Incorporating them into a game can be a lot of fun! Working in groups or alone, this diya treasure hunt has diyas along the way and one final diya well-hidden. Whoever lights all the diyas in their path and the final diya gets their treasure! For an extra challenge, you can make the players carry their oil, wicks and matches!
Finding the Diyas with Happy Diwali on Them
From your diya collection, take 20-25 diyas and write Happy Diwali on them. One word on the back of each diya. After this, place all your diyas in a large pot of coloured water with flower petals hiding the writing at the bottom. Whoever can find the most “Happy Diwali”s wins! This is an excellent icebreaker to play to get to know your neighbours!
Gulab Jamun Eating Competition
Turning this staple sweet into a competition is well-known. While an eating competition to see who can eat the most gulab jamuns is common, a less-common but healthier version can be seeing how many gulab jamuns a person can fit in their mouth! Since these sweets come in all shapes and sizes, getting small round ones and seeing who can fit the maximum number in their mouth is a fun (albeit slightly unnerving) game to play especially with children!
An Evening of Song and Dance
While you may not be allowed to go outside and gather in large groups, nothing is stopping you from clearing out your living room and creating a dance floor. Put on your best, most festival clothes, throw on some music and dance through the night with anybody who can join you! Give an open invitation to your neighbours and let them come home so you can enjoy the festival the way it was meant to be enjoyed – loud and pataka-free! Why get patakas when you can be the pataka in the room? Pramod Group’s homes are perfectly built for just these dance parties that allow you to thrive in your home even during a pandemic truly!
Pramod Group makes sustainable, eco-friendly, Vastu-compliant homes truly meant for an Indian way of life. We merge tradition with modernity for sleek and functional home spaces that are complemented by diyas while remaining aesthetically pleasing on their own. Our goal is to ensure you and your family flourish within our modern homes in Delhi!