Over the years, the meaning of festivals has changed, and more so now with the pandemic. But actors Parvin Dabas and Preeti Jhangiani make the most of it by teaching their children new ways to celebrate Dussehra and Diwali.
The couple, who have two sons, Jaiveer (10) and Dev (6), believe that while the ways of celebrating festivals may be different, they still try to instill the essence of each of them in their children.
Jhangiani shares, “For us, festivals are about teaching our children what they are and their relevance. What is Dussehra about and the relevance of the day. Our youngest has hardly any idea about festivals, so we take the opportunity to teach him and raise awareness.
Dabas, 47, adds that he misses the way he celebrated Dussehra and Diwali as a child, but has now changed it to suit the present day.
“With the pollution aspect now, we tend to find things that are more environmentally friendly and that can be done with children. Of course, it gets a bit restricted. But we want to teach them the right way to celebrate festivals and show them that there are other ways to have fun and celebrate the spirit of the day ”, shares the Khosla Ka Ghosla actor (2008).
In addition to spending time with their children, the couple also look forward to spending time with friends and family at small gatherings during the holiday season. “There won’t be big parties like in previous years, but small intimate evenings,” says Jhangiani.
But there is a strict requisition. Dabas explains, “People are more and more careful about getting vaccinated and only hang out with those who are fully vaccinated, so this is the way to go. In the end, during this festive period, we hope that the atmosphere is much better. We just want to be happy again. People want to be positive about things.
Jhangiani is also happy to be back to normal this holiday season. “I hope there won’t be a third wave and things will go back to how they were before. It’s great to see people slowly getting into the festive mood, ”she concludes.