While ‘Diwali’ is just a day away, Dhenkanal town has already started witnessing the hustle and bustle in around the city. The earthen diya sellers have set their temporary shops in the road side, also illuminating lights and small lanterns can be seen hanging at many shops displayed for the buyers. Many people have already started decorating their houses with illuminating colourful lights.Also there is a good footfall seen at different Jewelry shops in the town due to ‘Dhanteras. People are seen earthen diyas from different temporary roadside shops and also seen buying lights from different shops across the town.”“We have bought earthen diyas and we have planned to celebrate this year diwali by distributing sweets to small children,” said Sangram, a local.
Priya Bharti| With the arrival of Durga Puja the festival season knows the door. When the festival arrives with the Dussehra and ends with Kartik Purnima! There’s a different type of purity in the environment that anyone can feel.
Only a few days before the Dussehra ends and people started preparing for Diwali as Diwali is so near. But it’s given that the most celebrated festival of the year is bound to be a low-key affair, and the credit goes to non-other the Coronavirus.
Like always this time also people are advised to take extra care of themselves and surroundings too as they should avoid using crackers.
For the past year COVID is destroying the spark of festivals but this time corona cases have decreased and people are all set to celebrate Diwali with their loved ones. But with the celebration people needs to take some precautions for a safe Diwali and long-lasting happiness.
Here are some tips to celebrate a happy and safe Diwali:
Stay away from burning firecrackers
Saying no to firecrackers this year would be the best way to express gratitude to the doctors, scientists and the health workers, and all the corona warriors because they fought for people’s safety for more than a year.
Any type of smoke can trigger serious health concerns amid the corona apocalypse which hasn’t completely ended. Any type of carelessness can spike in Covid-19 cases and increase in mortality during and post-Diwali.
‘MASK’ is ‘MANDATORY’
Covid-19 has made the use of masks necessary. Do not take off your mask as it is necessary to be responsible and take mandatory precautions. Therefore, every time you step out, don’t forget to cover your nose and mouth.
Festivals are all about happiness and a get-together with the family and loved ones, but this festive season, try and adjust to the new normal and avoid meeting people closely.
Do not sanitize yourself before puja or any other firework (burning lamp/candles/Diya)
Refrain from using hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles. Sanitizers are inflammable and can cause fire hazards. It is recommended by the experts that you wash your hands with soap and water, before doing anything that involves fire.
Keep Sanitizers in a safe place
Sanitizer bottles are common in households, and people have started keeping them handy during the Covid-19 pandemic. But, since maximum sanitizers are alcohol-based, they can easily catch fire. Therefore, keep your sanitizer bottles in a safe spot. And when needed to wash your hands, carry paper soaps and a water bottle with you.
No Touching only Seeing
Avoid physical contact as much you can, prefer Namaste or Hello instead of Shaking hands and hugs.
Avoid outside foods and eating outside
While there is no proof that coronavirus can be transferred through cooked food, it is advised that people should avoid eating outside during the festive season. This is not just because of the risk of Covid-19, but because food from outside can cause other stomach infections, which can affect your immunity and overall health.
Wish you a Happy and Safe Diwali!