Rakul Preet Singh on Diwali celebration

Rakul Preet Singh on Diwali celebration

Diwali is around the corner, and like millions of people across the country, Rakul Preet Singh, too, hopes that the festival of lights will dispel darkness in more ways than one. “I really hope that Diwali brings in a lot of light in everyone’s life. Having said that, the biggest celebration would be when the pandemic ends. This Diwali, it makes no sense to crib about not being able to host or attend big parties or meet a lot of people. This is the time to understand the bigger picture, follow the new normal, celebrate and pray at your home. Also, situations like these make you realise what true celebration of life is — who are the people who really matter to you, how negligible you are on the face of this planet and what true joy is. The pandemic has put everything into perspective.”
Elaborating on her Diwali plans, she shares, “I will be shooting in Hyderabad till November 12, followed by a two-day break. I haven’t started planning. In fact, my family and friends always do all the planning and I just join in. In any case, it’s going to be a small celebration in Hyderabad with just a handful of friends. Usually, I also celebrate with street kids. I will be doing that this year, too, while adhering to the safety guidelines.”

Rakul says that she has no plans of indulging in retail therapy this Diwali. “I will make do with whatever I have. Staying healthy is more important than going out, buying clothes and then feeling bad about it. I always look at the brighter side; all of us are doing well, our families are healthy, and the COVID-19 mortality rate isn’t very high. That’s reason enough for us to celebrate. Of course, I miss the Diwali rituals of buying new clothes and jewellery, but it’s fine. I think we can do enough of that later,” she says.

Along with celebrations, festivals are also all about nostalgia, and it’s no different for Rakul. For her, Diwali signifies an important life lesson as well — the joy of sharing. She recalls, “As kids, my brother and I used to love firecrackers, and our parents would indulge us. But, one Diwali, when I was 10 years old, my father gave me ` 500 and asked me to burn the note. He told me, ‘This is exactly what you do when you buy crackers, you burn money. So, you buy some chocolates instead and distribute it among street kids.’ Since then, I stopped bursting crackers and started celebrating with the lesser privileged. Even a small gift can bring a smile on their faces. So, I urge everyone to spend the money they are planning to splurge on crackers, to help the needy. Also, we have had enough environmental damage, and this is a sign for us to understand that we need to protect the planet.”

Source From : Times Of India

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