Real blessings of Diwali festivalA festival has two main purposes in human lives. First is to pray the God and seek blessings and second is to have fun and frolic with friends and family. Now Diwali festival is approaching fast and everyone is excited to have a great time during the week ahead. Traditionally it is considered a time when Goddess Laxmi will be pleased with us and may visit our homes and make us prosperous. Let us all enjoy Diwali but this year due to the ongoing pandemic one must observe certain precautions and try to contain the fun within those boundaries if we really want that the virus should not surge back in the aftermath of the social mixing done during this festival. Experts are suggeting some measures but it is up to the general public whether they really care for it or not. I am simply forwarding those precautions to be taken by all -
1. Festival to be observed within ones own house and family. Even close relatives are not supposed to visit. Have a video call. Show each other what you have prepared and enjoy it virtually.
2. Already there is enough pollution in the air. Do not increase it with crackers. Use green or low intensity crackers in small quantities just to cheer up the children and that also not in a common place. Avoid mixing with others at any cost.
3. Make a list and bring all the items at one go and do not go to market so many times for a thing or two.
4. Use your mobile for congratulating the neighbours on Diwali. Do not exchange sweets and savoury items with them. Remember there are people who are not reporting their illness due to the fear of hospital admission and trying to get cured just by sitting in home and taking precautions. You may not be knowing but someone in your neighbourhood would be like that and in your gregariousness you are inviting trouble if you exchange anything with anyone. Do it in next Diwali by increasing the quantity of sweets pertaining as arrears for this year!
5. People having asthma or throat problems need not to go out in the polluted environment that we generally see after the festival.
6. Try to make eatables as far as possible in home only. This is a good opportunity to learn cooking.
Happy Diwali to all the members and have a nice time. I pray to Goddess Laxmi for the prosperity of all of us.