A different Diwali in 2020
Dr Lalitha Iyer, a GP in Slough and the Executive Medical Director for the Frimley Collaborative of Clinical Commissioning Groups, has issued the following message in relation to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Diwali - the festival of lights celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains worldwide.
Dr Iyer said: “Many of us would have been looking forward to celebrating Diwali with our friends and extended family this coming weekend. However, with a second lockdown now in full swing, this year’s Diwali, just like so many other religious festivals, will look and feel very different.
“Whilst we may not be able to get together with others, or to visit places of worship, I do hope that we can all still enjoy the celebrations by using video calls to wish our friends or family members a happy Diwali, or by joining virtual events taking place.
She added: “I’m very aware that we have all made huge sacrifices over the months and I know how hard it has been for everyone.
“Sadly, COVID-19 is still active so it’s important that we all continue to do all we can to keep each other safe, protect our NHS and save lives.
“Please do follow the national guidelines, celebrate safely and see your friends and family using technology rather than face-to-face.
“With Diwali being a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness, I really do hope that this time next year we will be able to celebrate as we normally do. In the meantime, I would like to wish all those celebrating a happy and safe Diwali.”