This year, 2020 has been very different and challenging for most of us. When has challenges ever stopped us. We Indians are always known to be creative in finding solutions (Jugaad) for every challenge thrown at us. Corona and lockdown times is no different. Our festivals are like our lifelines when we forget all our problems and enjoy with friends and family. Let’s see how we can celebrate Navratri this year with social distancing and masks.
Throw an online Navratri event:
All our communications, work and school has shifted online. Navratri should not be any different. Organise an online Navratri event with family and friends where one person takes care of the music and rest dance to the tunes of “Pankhida re Pankhida” or “Nagada” in their homes or terrace with cameras on zoom or google meet. It’s fun to get ready and let yourself loose for some time.
Online competition of the Day:
Organise a whatsapp or facebook group and throw a daily Navratri challenge. These can be for navratri decoration, dance moves, singing or even the best dressed couple competition. Do remember to wear your sharara sets and oxidised jewellery to win this competition.
Navratri food showcase:
Navratri also marks the time for spirituality for many. Post vrat ka khana menu and recipes on your instagram and facebook pages or organise the best navratri food competition. Navratri food is not just healthy but also yummy. Learn new things or just involve everyone at home for a fun cooking day.
Online Navratri Pooja:
Normally we do the Navratri pooja at home. This year is an opportunity to involve the extended family as well in your pooja. Do a video call with all family members or friends to do a grand Navratri Pooja without worrying about cooking prasad for all. This will give the younger generations a glimpse of our culture and the older ones a chance for grand get together.
Online Kanjak Party:
Navratri is also a time when kids, especially girls look forward to gifts. Some households have a tradition of inviting nine girls to their house for food and gifts. This is a way to pay gratitude to goddess Durga. Organise a virtual Kanjak where you can invite girls online and get them to play games. You can order their gifts online beforehand so as to reach their house. This way kids will enjoy and surely goddess Durga will be pleased to see their happy faces.
So wherever you are, with family or alone, let the festival of Navratri brighten your day and night. Do enjoy the festivities with good food, new clothes and lots of happiness to share.