This Navaratri, revellers will have to sway on traditional dandiya and garba beats via their homes. Continuing the tradition of muted festivities due to Covid-19, dandiya organisers too are planning to resort to virtual celebration to avoid crowded affairs and social gathering.

Nine days festival, which started from 17th of this month, will be devoid of any spark, hustle bustle of crowd, glittering ‘ chaniya cholis ’ and people creating mini Gujurat in the city, dancing to traditional Gujarati folk songs .

Don’t be disappointed; keep up the spirit high for celebration, even staying inside the house you can enjoy. This Mahashatmi learn five special ways to celebrate Durga pooja at home

Live stream of pooja rituals

As the covid-19 outbreak this season, Durga Pooja associations across the county have decided to celebrate this festival on small scale, with simplicity. With this, devotees will not get the privilege of visiting Durga pandals for pushapanjali-offering flowers to goddess Durga, which is a very important ritual of Mahashatmi , therefore the pooja pandal association have decided to go online with the rituals which would be streamed live , where the devotes could pray and seek blessings of Devi Durga without going out and getting contacted to the deadly virus .

Decorating your home

Amidst pandemic ,the pandal grandeur decoration would be a major missing , but you can do a sober and simple decoration at your home, by making some DIY paper crafts , minimal painting on earthen pots , hang a few strings of lanterns ,make  rangolis , fairy lights , chandelier and balloons , fabric decoration , reusable things as decoration or any creative idea which can just pep up the mood and then show it off to your friends and family   via video calls .

Dress up in spite pandemic

Nothing should stop you from dolling up, looking fabulous and glamorous, even this deadly virus should not stop you from looking good. Dress up nicely, put make up experiment with the eye looks, and add some statement jewellery like a neck piece, danglers, hair pins and much more. Wear ethnic clothing; add bling to the zoom show among your friends and family.

Grove virtually on bollywood songs

Dance like no one is watching, despite of the fact that this year there would be no gathering for the dandiya and garba but be high spirited for the virtual celebration. Add some bollywood songs which are specially made for dandiya and garba -Dholi taro dholbaje from hum dil de chukesanam , Chogada from loveyatri , Subhaarambh from kai po che ,Nagada from Ramleela ,Udi Udijae from Raees ,Kamariya from Mitron , odhni from made in china and many more , enjoy and grove in swag this pandemic virtually .

Give treat to yourself

As we can’t go outside and enjoy the fair food , but you can make some delicious food at home , such as different type of chats , golgappas , different types of rolls , kababs, Bengali delicacy like luchi and aloo tarkari , and Guajarati delicacies too  . Don’t let the pandemic affect your celebration. Prepare delicious food and enjoy, share with your friends, family and neighbour without direct contact.

This year, the festivities are damped a bit, because of the pandemic. However, keep the sprit alive and hopeful that the next year will be celebrated with great fervour and aspire to bid the deadly virus goodbye.