Are you missing home this Deepavali? Here are 10 ideas for celebrating Diwali away from family

Prachi Payal
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Diwali is one of the most important festivals in India, and it is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. Everyone wants to spend the festival of lights with their families, so they make plans to spend the day with them. However, things do not always go as planned, and we are forced to spend Diwali away from home. It’s natural to feel homesick and lonely during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to make ourselves feel better and have a good time. If you’re celebrating Diwali alone this year and missing your loved ones, here are some suggestions to make the holiday more enjoyable.

Tips for celebrating Diwali away from home and brightening your mood

  • Decorate Your home

Diwali celebrations are incomplete unless the house is decorated and illuminated with diyas. Even if you are not able to spend this auspicious occasion with your family, you can still celebrate Deepavali by beautifully decorating your home. Lights reflect positivity, so light some diyas and hang those lights to get in the holiday spirit.

  • Enjoy Lip-smacking Dishes

Allow food to come to your rescue this Diwali! While nothing beats homecooked food prepared by our parents, you can still celebrate Diwali by indulging in your favourite delicacies. To celebrate Diwali in style, buy a box of your favourite sweets or host a dinner party with your friends.

  • Dress up and follow rituals

The more Diwali rituals you observe, the less lonely you will feel during Diwali. At home, dress up and perform Diwali puja. If you are unfamiliar with the ritual, you can seek help from your family or the Internet.

  • Groove to music

Music soothes our souls and calms our minds, so celebrate Diwali by listening to your favourite songs.

  • Pamper yourself with a spa-cial day

Aromatherapy is an excellent stress reliever that also aids in the reduction of muscle tension. Treat yourself to a special spa day to add happiness to your life.

  • Visit an orphanage or an old age home

Many orphans and elderly people in nursing homes want to celebrate Diwali with others and make others happy; you can brighten their day by paying them a visit. To make Diwali extra special, bring them sweets and gifts, as well as dance and sing with them.

  • Plan an outdoor party

Don’t worry if your family is not present; you can enlighten yourself by spending time with your friends in the city, which is an excellent way to celebrate Deepavali when you are not with your family. Friends, after all, are your chosen family, right?

So, to make Diwali memorable and enjoyable, invite your friends to your home or an outdoor party, indulge in your favourite foods, and dance to the music.

  • Strike a conversation with your neighbours

You’ve probably heard the expression “love thy neighbour.” Our neighbours become our extended family when we live apart from our families. So, if you haven’t already, start a conversation with your next-door neighbour. Greet them and add a box of Diwali sweets to their decorations.

  • Plan a video call

Thanks to technological advancements, we can now communicate with our loved ones in the blink of an eye. Thanks to video calls, not only are birthdays and parties celebrated online, but so are festivals. You could get dressed up and video call your family and friends to celebrate with them.

  • Enjoy a binge-watching movie/ series session

Watching movies is one of the best ways to escape reality and have a good time. Watch family movies or TV shows to feel right at home.

Diwali is a time to reconnect with family, but if you are unable to do so due to unforeseen circumstances, do not let it dampen your spirits. You can always try to cheer yourself up by decorating your home and spending time with friends and neighbours. So, use the ideas above to brighten your festive mood and celebrate Diwali with a cheerful smile. Everyone should have a happy Diwali!

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