Like many other festivities this year, Diwali too is going to be a low-key affair owing to the COVID-19 crisis. So ahead of the festival of lights, ie November 14, NT KURIOCITY asks youth how they are looking forward to celebrate Diwali in the time of corona

Diwali is the festival of lights, marking the triumph of lights over darkness. What better time to celebrate Diwali than now when the world is fighting a dark and grave pandemic. Even a small ray of light in the dark can give us hope for a better future. India along with the world has come a long way in this pandemic and still has a long way to go. Celebrating Diwali with a lot of zeal will help us lift our spirits. That being said, the pandemic is far from over and we simply cannot afford to let our guard down. We should celebrate Diwali and life with a new found meaning this year by taking all due precautions and maintaining social discipline.

Ishan Kholkar, Mapusa

The plan is to have a festive yet safe Diwali with family and close ones at home. While it’s true that the festivities have gone for a toss due to the pandemic, what truly matters is the spirit with which one celebrates it. Since Diwali is the festival of lights, I will personally try and keep it as lively and bright as possible, with minimal risk and maximum precaution.

Ameya Avadhut Nayak, assistant professor, V M Salgaocar College of Law, Miramar

The best part of all the festivals is that you get a chance to pause your normal life and vibe in the mood of the festival. We shouldn’t allow a virus to affect our spiritual energy. The key to go forward is to adapt, improvise and survive. So I am planning to celebrate Diwali with full energy and maximum responsibility, following social distancing norms and ensuring to wear masks. This Diwali will be unique and memorable.

Akshay Amrut Volvoiker, Vanxim Island

One positive aspect in this pandemic is that working people like us have more time to give to our families, because of work from home culture. This Diwali I will be doing everything together with my family, right from making akash kandil, to making snacks and sweets. Also instead of lighting colourful and attractive lamps, I have chosen to light organic lamps made of cow dung and clay, which is known for its medicinal properties. The third important thing is that I will buy the required items from the local market only, hence contributing in my little way to #vocalforlocal.

Chinmaya Nayak, Margao

Celebrating Diwali is just not about the akash kandil, sweets and other overt rituals. It is about spreading true light from within. Our Instagram page ros_omelette will celebrate Diwali by spreading true and pure light that will enlighten the minds of lakhs of Goans. It is the need of the hour and it will question the people of Goa on whether they truly live the Diwali spirit by creating awareness of the pressing issues Goa is facing today.

Priteesh, Palolem

Diwali has always been the festival of lights, and the triumph of good over evil. I am hoping this Diwali too will bring happiness. However, lighting diyas will remain the same but visiting relatives will be restricted, preparing Diwali goodies will remain the same but friends coming to my home to have those goodies will be restricted. All in all this Diwali will remain incomplete with minimum people, as this festival is about getting together with family, friends and relatives. I hope these restrictions will help us overcome the ongoing pandemic.

Sweta Shrikant Korgaonkar, Calangute

It is certain that corona is going to stay with us and we have to live with it by taking the necessary precautions. This pandemic has taught us various new things; it has entirely changed our lifestyle including the celebration of occasions in a simple way. This Diwali, I will refrain from shopping, visiting temples, celebrating with close ones and bursting crackers. I would like to celebrate by preparing sweets, making akash kandil, distributing homemade sweets at Matruchaya, and of course wishing loved ones on a video call. Diwali symbolises victory of good over evil, so let us all join hands together to do ‘vadh’ of the mighty ‘Covidasur’.

Shreyas Sudin Shenvi Ambe, Goa College of Engineering, Farmagudi