If you, like a lot of people, made the trip back home to spend Holi with the family, chances are that one year in, you’re still home and are itching to get out and celebrate the festival of colours. Unfortunately, with the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, state governments across the country have put restrictions on public gatherings, and inviting people home is not a viable option for many. So if you’re feeling the blues, here’s how you can add some colours to your celebrations, while being socially distanced.
The Video Meet-Ups
The most crucial thing that came about due to the lockdown was video call. Whether it’s the daily meetings at work, or just catching up with friends and family around the world, the various video calling apps have served as a boon, especially at a time when there was so much uncertainty about when you’ll get to see your loved ones next. And what better occasion than Holi to ring up those close to you and have a little virtual session? Decide upon a time, dress your colourful best, and the rest will be taken care of.
If there’s one thing synonymous with Holi, it’s gujiya, the popular Indian sweet. If you can’t head out to buy your fill, or are sceptical about ordering in with the current scenario, why not try to make it at home? There are many recipes available for this Holi special, which you can try and also share among your friends. After all, these special occasions need to be celebrated with a mouthful of delicious treats.
Since the health advisory mandates not putting colours on others, how about you get creative with it? You can use the powdered colours to draw a rangoli pattern, for that much needed festive spirit. The bright colours are sure to lift up your spirit. IF you really want to kick the fun up a notch, why not have a rangoli making competition when you have your virtual celebrations?
While you may feel disappointed about missing out on this fun festival, it is important to remember that the pandemic is far from over. A little precaution can go a long way to help you celebrate your favourite festivals in the coming months. Stay safe, stay healthy!