Whether you’re welcoming the goddess Lakshmi into your home and ushering in a year of prosperity, celebrating the return of Rama and Sita after a long exile, worshipping the goddess Kali’s destruction of evil forces or Lord Krishna’s victory over evil; Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and that celebration is universal.
Times of celebration are when we truly feel the value of a community, and there’s nothing that can make us miss the good old days, pre-COVID-19 and social distancing than the festival season.
This Diwali, many of us won’t have the opportunity to spend it with our loved ones or celebrate the same way we used to, but that shouldn’t change the significance of the day and what it means to us.
The triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness, isn’t always straightforward or easy, and the COVID-19 crisis has only served to remind us that the battle to see good conquer evil is in our hands. When it comes to ensuring the safety of ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities, taking steps to follow public health guidelines, including social distancing and other necessary precautions, is a personal responsibility.
In Sanskrit, Diwali translates to a row of lights. It is a fitting name, given that there’s no celebration that lights up the world quite like Diwali. At a time of social distancing, global uncertainty, and widespread anxiety, however, it can be difficult to conceive of new ways to celebrate the festival of light while protecting the health of your loved ones and the wider community.
Finding ways to connect in spite of social distancing can be challenging, especially if you’re used to travelling to be with your family during Diwali. Being away from your family and friends is a difficult adjustment, especially during times of celebration.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you need to spend the festival season feeling lonely or alone. Video calling your family, making your favourite food, sending your loved ones gifts to show them you’re thinking of them this Diwali, or even lighting your own row of lights will help you celebrate the festival of light despite these unusual circumstances.
The challenges you’re forced to contend with, this year, may not feel quite as noble as fighting off evil, and your separation from home may not be as long as a fourteen-year exile. Regardless, every little step counts—stay connected but stay safe.
No matter how dark Diwali in 2020 may seem to you, let this season remind you of all that is good in the world. If you find yourself away from your family during this time, reach out to them and remember that despite being unable to be with them in person, you can still celebrate together.
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