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Gathering Safely In Maple Crest

Nov 04 2020

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Gathering and celebrating are important parts of participating in community. Festivals and holidays are ways for families to connect and spend time together, and getting together in your home and celebrating is often a key family tradition. 

As the holiday season begins, it’s important to figure out ways to celebrate and gather together, safely. Diwali often involves families getting together to celebrate. Rather than celebrating out in public, you can mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by celebrating a little differently this year.

Try Digital Celebrations

Diwali Festivals are happening all over the world, and this is an opportunity to celebrate Diwali from home with as many people as you want, digitally. Either set up a personal video meeting to celebrate together, or celebrate by watching videos and live streams of other celebrations. What better time to connect with loved ones from around the world? You can also use this time as an opportunity to send digital greetings and gifts to loved ones. Send a video recorded message or even have gifts mailed directly to your loved one!

Create an At-Home Festival

COVID-19 may have stopped the ability to go to festivals and see the beautiful lights, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Create light festivals in your own yard or living room — you could even work with your neighbours to create outdoor light displays that you can all enjoy from a safe distance! Either set up gorgeous candles and lights in your home, or try creating light displays outside your home that your entire community can enjoy!

Have an Intimate Celebration

Celebrating Diwali doesn’t necessarily need to be a large event. You could try changing up your plans and either having a romantic dinner with your partner, or having a small celebration with your family/roommates. A romantic candlelit dinner that you use to celebrate Diwali, or a party with just the people you live with can be just as moving and cheerful as a larger celebration. 

Follow AHS Gathering Restrictions

The Government of Alberta has limited gathering sizes to 15 people, in order to limit the spread of the virus, it’s important to follow these government guidelines and limit our contact with other cohorts. Although it may be difficult to decide who to celebrate with and see this holiday season, following the recommendations of the provincial health authorities is our best bet in avoiding getting sick. It’s also incredibly important to pay attention to your own health. Monitoring yourself, who you’ve been in contact with, and how you’re feeling are key ways to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Diwali and the upcoming holiday season will look different this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to avoid celebrations all together. Ensuring we celebrate in a way that keeps each other safe is a great way to show an act of love and kindness, which in turn is a fantastic way to celebrate the holidays.