Navratri is my favourite festival. It is one of the very few festivals that celebrates women, and women only. Navratri celebrates the 9 forms of Goddess Durga. Every form is different in its own. I don’t know how much this idea of celebrating women with all of their unique traits is being accepted in real life but at least symbolically, it is beautiful.
But this year, as we all know, when the entire country is fighting a serious pandemic, it is necessary to check the spread of the infection. Though the government has eased lockdown across the country amidst the fight against coronavirus pandemic, one should not congregate in large numbers to celebrate Navratri. Social distancing and self-isolation should be followed even during the nine days of the festival.
Rituals Alone or Zoom Festival Gathering
Festivals are not all about rituals. To these rituals, we have a lot of our emotions and memories attached. Don’t worry about not being able to go to the temple for Keerthan. Dress up your comfortable best in festive wears , sit on your couch at the appointed time for a zoom call keerthan. Have a monk who is tech savvy and host a small gathering with your family in a zoom call with social distancing, but with a buffet.
Feeding Poor for Kanya Poojan
Every Navratri young girls are invited home for Kanya Poojan. It feels so good. But this year, for Kanya Poojan, you can feed poor people by giving them food in disposable containers and clothes to wear.
The colourful stick of Dandiya and Gorgeous costumes can entice everyone during Navratri. Because it is that time of the year when we get to reconnect with our family, friends, acquaintances and most importantly our playful side. But as we know this year Dandiya is a big “No No” because of the Covid 19 Pandemic. But don’t let’s not forget that nothing can stop us from letting yourself loose and dancing the night out. Grab your favourite Lehenga, deck up your best with ethereal jewels and elegant makeup . As per social distancing norms, gather few of your closest family and dance your heart out at home. Or fret not about your far away relatives, there are always zoom calls, pick your favourite Dandiya playlist, add it to the group and dance away the Navratri night with your friends and family in a zoom call in the cosiness of your home.